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The Rotonda di San Tomè is a church in the comune of Almenno San Bartolomeo, in the province of Bergamo, Lombardy, Northern Italy.The church has a circular plan and is in the Lombard-Romanesque style, dating from the early 12th century, and dedicated to St. Thomas the Apostle.HistoryThe church was built in the district known in ancient times as Lemine. The date of its construction is uncertain, as well as the existence of other churches on the same site, as it is known a reconstruction was carried on between the end of the 11th and the beginning of the 12th century. It has been speculated it could have been originated in Lombard times (7th-8th centuries), while other scholars assign it to the subsequent Frankish conquest of northern Italy, when the area was under the counts of Lecco.It has been hypothesised that the Rotonda was built over the remains of a Roman temple, but archaeological investigations have found no sign of this. They have shown that a centrally planned edifice was present here in the 10th century.This edifice had decayed in such a way that in the early 12th century the bishop of Bergamo decided on its complete reconstruction. Only the foundations and the columns and capitals of the former building were re-used for the ground floor. The columns were extended with reversed capitals at the base or by adding pieces of other columns. Around the end of the 12th century a presbytery and an apse were also built. In the meantime a monastery was added to the church, with nuns coming especially from the wealthy class of Bergamo. This monastery was suppressed in 1407; only the foundations and minor parts of the buildings can be seen today.Use our Almenno San Bartolomeo route builder app to visit Rotonda di San Tome on your trip to Almenno San Bartolomeo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Rotonda di San Tome Reviews
Angelo TAugust 16, 2017
La rotonda è uno dei migliori esempi di architettura romanica lombarda, sorta su precedenti costruzioni pagane, ed è davvero interessante da visitare. Un unico appunto: avendola vista prima del restau... more »The Rotunda is one of the best examples of Lombard Romanesque architecture, built on earlier pagan buildings, and it's really interesting to visit. One note: having seen before restoration, I must say that, while outwardly has preserved its character, inside was a bit too "modernized", for purposes of worship.
Alessia CAugust 8, 2017
se si vuole fare una "gita" storica ma anche divertente perché non visitare la chiesetta di San Tomé?! È possibile raggiungerla un auto oppure attraverso la ciclabile. more »If you want to make a "field trip" historical but also fun why not visit the small church of San Tomé?! You can get a car or bike path.
Micol RJuly 25, 2017
INFORMAZIONE IMPORTANTE!!! PER ACCEDERE ALLA CHIESA CHIEDERE ALL'UFFICIO INFORMAZIONI IN FONDO ALLE SCALE. C'è sempre del personale carino e disponibile sia ad aprire la chiesa che a dare tutte le inf... more »IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!! TO ACCESS THE CHURCH ASK AT THE INFORMATION DESK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS. There is always nice and helpful staff both to open the Church to give you all the information you need, even for the other 4 churches that there are around.
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