Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L'Aquila

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Admire the remarkable Abruzzese Romanesque and Gothic architecture at Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio. While parts of the 13th-century church were damaged during the 2009 earthquake, including the cupola, transept vaults, and triumphal arches that collapsed, the striking jewel-box facade remains intact. This site is the resting place of Pope Celestine V, who devised a penitential observation on the same grounds called the Papal Jubilee. During your visit, keep an eye out for the gilded central rose window and the 14th- and 15th-century frescoes. Put Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio at the forefront of your travel plans using our L'Aquila vacation trip planner.
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  • Well worth a visit. As the entire city on the other. But unfortunately in almost eight years after the earthquake, still hasn't come back as it was. It is a great pity. One of the most beautiful cities of Abruzzo that still comes to terms with the lack of reconstruction. But it is very beautiful and charming addition to evoke old memories.
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  • One of the symbols of the city of L'aquila. Rich in history and magic. To date is still being rebuilt after the earthquake.
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  • This church was built by the hermit Pietro del Morrone very much before he became Pope under the name of Celestine v. wanted to be crowned here, and granted to the city of L'Aquila, the privilege of the "Pardon", a sort of Jubilee which takes place every year at the end of August (the first Jubilee was instituted in Rome only a few years later, modeled on the pardon). After death the body of Pope Celestine V was brought here. The façade has remained almost unchanged over the centuries, with one of the most beautiful roses in the world. The Interior was instead changed a lot, passing from the Gothic style to the baroque to be restored to the original in a controversial restoration in the years ' 70. Currently closed pending the completion of the work, but also the mere façade is worth the trip.
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  • Very good the get there on foot as far as 300 metres there is a bus/bus depot. Beautiful outdoor green spaces, well kept and cared for in every detail. The monument is a small jewel of carvings on marble and with an incredible amount of detail and overall complexity. The Interior has not been possible to visit because the Basilica is still closed due to the earthquake of 6 years ago. Visited October 2015
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  • Beautiful basilica. Has undergone major damage in the earthquake of 2009 but still retains its charm. To visit
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  • Very nice
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  • How not to admit the pleasantness of the building, beautiful
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  • Externally beautiful basilica. Still cannot be accessed internally.
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