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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Lomello

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Santa Maria Maggiore is a church in Lomello, Lombardy, northern Italy, an example of First Romanesque art. It includes the oldest cross vaults in Italy.The oldest document mentioning the basilica is a privilege by pope Paschal II, dated 22 August 1107. Archaeological studies showed that at least two churches existed in the site before the current one, the earliest one being perhaps contemporary to the annexed baptistery of San Giovanni ad Fontes (c. 5th-7th centuries). The basilica has a nave and two aisles with a lower transept. The façade was originally embedded in the city's walls, but later the first three bays were abandoned and a new façade was obtained by closing one of the internal arches with a new wall.The nave is characterized by arches which, at the sides, have double mullioned windows at the sides. The pillars which do not support the arches are prolonged by blind columns up to the clerestory. The longitudinal arches (those separating the nave from the aisles) are supported by semicolumns which form the pillars. The aisles are a 14th-century reconstruction of the original ones. In 1944 a crypt, perhaps unfinished, was discovered.
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  • The problem is getting there, then all leave satisfied. Find such a historical and architectural jewel in a country lost among the rice fields that's a surprise. In particular, I found it very nice view of the architectural complex from the piazzetta, at sunset. It is a place that makes you dream, which stimulates the imagination. To be able to visit every Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon or have prior to the custodian, or even ... pharmacist who is very helpful.
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  • Splendid cultural and architectural testimony. A real gem in the territory of Lomellina.
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  • Lomello was an important Roman settlement at 22 miles from Pavia in what is known as mansio in the "Itinerarium a Burdigala Jerusalem usque Aulonam et urbem Romam et ab Heraclea for Mediolanum", for "Itinerarium Hierosolymitanum" usque usually it is the oldest known tale of Christian. It was written in 333-334 by an anonymous Pilgrim from Burdigala, the current Bordeaux during the journey, to Jerusalem, starting in 2012, the route has been proposed as a Cultural Journey from the archaeological group of Terra d'Otranto, Piso to recognition as the "European route" of the Council of Europe. During the Longobard era the place becomes even more important, being on the road from Pavia, now capital of the Kingdom, door to France. It was in November of 590 marriage between Queen Theodolinda and the Duke of Turin, Agilulf. And the wedding took place at the Basilica of Saint Mary major, notable building of the first Romanesque period (11th century). In the popular tradition the basilica is called the "Church of the devil": Legend has it that the building was destroyed by the evil one and was rebuilt by him in one night of feverish work, but, due to the rising of the Sun, was left unfinished. Important Basilica: 22 August 1107 Pope Paschal Iil, authorized the pastor of Santa Maria to carry the MITRE and the crosier and gave him the power to confer some minor orders.
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  • Exquisite example of Lombard Romanesque
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