Chiesa di San Michele al Pozzo Bianco, Bergamo

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San Michele al Pozzo Bianco is a church in the upper town of Bergamo, on a small piazza of the same name, near Porta Sant’Agostino, on Via Porta Dipinta. The church is now in a corner next to the frescoed house of the vicar, entered by a large rounded arch. The vicar's house has an external fresco attributed to Giacomo Scanardi.Founded in the 8th century, it was rebuilt many times over the centuries. The present façade is from the early 20th century. Much of the interior was rebuilt in the 15th century, and covered with frescoes in a style influenzed by Byzantine iconography. The chapel to the left, completed later, has a series of frescoed panels ‘’Scenes from the Life of The Virgin Mary’’ (1525), masterworks by Lorenzo Lotto. The central chapel and the one on the right is frescoed (1577) by Giovan Battista Guarinoni d'Averara. The latter chapel has a canvas Madonna and child with Saints Peter and Paul by Giovanni Paolo Lolmo.On the right wall, there is a Madonna of the Rosary and Saints by Enea Salmeggia and in the counterfacade, two frescoes by Antonio Cifrondi depicting Christ and the adulterous woman and the Last Supper. The crypt has 13th-century frescoes, and one of a Enthroned Madonna and Saints, attributed to Antonio Boselli.BibliographyAA.VV., Lombardia (esclusa Milano), Touring Club Editore, Milano 1999.
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  • One of the reasons that make interesting Bergamo and its province in the eyes of the traveller is undoubtedly the work of Lorenzo Lotto, painter, just pride of this land. In this church you can admire a beautiful fresco, although it is not the only asset of the place. But let's go with order! The Church is easily accessible whether you enter upper town the door facing the Augustine Monastery, now used as a seat of the Faculty of Economics, if I am not mistaken. Saint Miche is right there, on the left about two hundred meters from St. Augustine. Before entering, a signboard shows the characteristics of the site and provides some history. Always out there is (so to speak) that manages the internal lighting system. The system is already all too roundabout: requires one to three euros, depending on the time and place to be illuminated. I'd be more inclined to unify the figures: eg. two euros and a longer time. I say this because, in my opinion, this would facilitate the fruition of the Interior without discouraging visitors. Upon entering, the chapel frescoed by Lot is on the left. The frescoes depict stories from the life of Mary, beginning with the Nativity. The lot is appreciated, as usual, to the deep humanity that animates his work, as well as the skillful painting technique. Other frescoes adorn the Church, beginning with a giant St. Christopher (represented here in the true sense, as a bearer of Christ) on the counter-façade. There is also a crypt, which you can visit, unless you argue with the lighting system!
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  • Popular church for weddings, actually in Bergamo the churches are not lacking at all, and this is unique for the beauty of its frescoes and architecture, especially the underside + probably the original core of the structure. There is an air of history and a profound peace, seem to see riders pray before a crusade, also seem to scenes of life of congregations of the Discipline (dedicated to personal treatment and the care of the sick)
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  • Wonder the poor reputation of this church, which placed in an uphill climb shortly after the Port St. Augustine preserves an extraordinary series of frescos dated between 12° and 14° century, some of Byzantine suggestion, presumably by local artists. The structure is of 400 single Hall and a gable roof, although so far they attest to the presence in the Lombard 774 Chronicles. Inside, to remember in the left wall fresco of the madonna del latte and the chapel on the left, painted by Lorenzo Lotto in 1525, local glory.
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  • Beautiful Lotto frescoes as well as a remarkable number of other frescoes ranging from the 13th-16th century.
  • Wonderful church, real architectural and cultural monument. You are going to find here stunning frescoes of XIV-XVI century. Admission is free but any donation are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Fifteenth century church with a single nave decorated with numerous frescoes from different eras and from "scenes of Mary" and an "Annunciation" by Lorenzo Lotto. You should also visit the crypt is the oldest in the province of Bergamo.
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  • Beautiful church. Don't miss the paintings
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  • Beautiful Romanesque church with wonderful frescoes, probably one of the most beautiful and intimate of the upper town.
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