San Mercuriale Abbey, Forli

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The Basilica Abbey of San Mercuriale is the main religious building in Forlì, in Romagna (northern Italy); the rather smaller cathedral was largely destroyed by fire in the 19th century.History and overviewA first church was built here in the 4th century, dedicated to St. Stephen. It was destroyed by a fire in 1173. The dedication to Saint Mercurialis, the local martyr and patron, had appeared in the 9th century. In 1176 the edifice was assigned to the Vallumbrosan Order.The current edifice was finished in 1180 in Lombard-Romanesque style, along with the famous bell tower. The latter, with its height of 75 m, is one of the tallest in Italy. In the 13th century it was considered one of the marvels of the Kingdom of Italy.The abbey, which once was located outside the ancient Roman city, was included in a new line of walls in that period. In the 15th century the Vallumbrosans' cloister was annexed to the construction: it has a rectangular shape and is decorated by slender columns, with a central well that can still be seen.The apse of the church was rebuilt in 1585. Of the same period is also the wooden choir, designed by Alessandro Bigni from Bergamo. The façade and the bell tower are in brickwork. The former is decorated with arcades supported by columns. The magnificent rose window over the main portal portrays the Epiphany with Dream and Adoration of the Magi, and is attributed to the so-called Master of the Months, who was active also in the cathedral of Ferrara.
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  • beautiful Roman Church on the main square next to the impressive Bell Tower, which at times is open to the top where you see a view of the whole city
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  • You can climb on top of the tall Bell Tower rarely more than 70 metres, probably at Christmas and Easter, then on the feast of San Mercuriale precisely (26 October) and of the Madonna del fuoco (4 February). Where you will enjoy a spectacular view over the city and down to the sea. Beautiful landscaping.
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  • Beautiful basilica in downtown Forlì. Essential architecture and clean. Imposing and majestic, it offers a beautiful view on a nice day, with the bell tower that stands out in the blue sky.
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  • A peculiar Romanesque abbey, in the very center of the city, made of red bricks, somehow bare inside but thence really fascinating.
  • Romanesque church with a steeple with evocative Arians imposing and elegant for centuries the tallest in the world. The belfry has miraculously saved by the deployment during the second world war. Same fate however is not touched at the clock tower in front of it, which was destroyed but was quickly rebuilt at the behest of the city. Was originally a parish because outside the city walls. Today occupies a secular and religious who are both central win the millennial competition with the nearby Cathedral.
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  • Wonderful as always. Roman style overlooks piazza Aurelio saffi which view at night with Christmas lights is quite impressive. Well worth a visit.
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  • A place full of emotions. The light that filters through the side Windows makes it "magic"
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  • The Abbey of Sam Mercurial is situated on the main square of the city. Is the best known Church in the city with dignity of minor basilica.
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