Rotonda di San Tome, Almenno San Bartolomeo

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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.
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  • Little is known of the origin of this church from round shaped in concentric cylinders that, in small other religious buildings of that reminds us foggia, but much bigger (old cathedral of Brescia, Rotonda di San Lorenzo in Mantova for example). Will be small but not devoid of charm, well maintained and well handled by volunteers commendable that, if it shows interest, are prone to give you all the information available to them. As for the mystery, the holes on the walls of the main house and projecting lights Gallery details in the days of equinoxes and solstices, are sufficient to ignite the imagination. One thing you do not understand, the absolute prohibition on photographing.
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  • We arrived on a Monday, normally closed but luck helped. The friendly caretaker was by chance on the spot and drove a visitor out program to one of the most beautiful examples of Lombard Romanesque. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Surrounded by a beautiful natural setting, this church is an example of Romanesque sobriety. Place of worship but also astronomical reference, will leave you breathless. Additional delight by the words of the guardian, the signo Enzo ...
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