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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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  • When I visited him at the height of summer there was none: only I was wandering ecstatic at this beautiful site that if it were abroad would be touted as a marvel of humanity. The problem of Italy: we have too much history and art and often overlook places that deserve to be visited by droves of tourists. The basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Lomello, besides being very important from a historical point of view because of Longobard Foundation, beautiful architecturally in that wonderful example of Romanesque architecture with the adjoining baptistery of San Giovanni ad Fontes, also exerts a mysterious charm, because his past is shrouded in legend. Locals report that would be built, destroyed and partly rebuilt by the devil and then apparently here you're married Theodelinda. Luckily the place comes alive in June for the medieval festival that commemorates the wedding banquet of the Lombard Queen.
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  • Beautiful Italian Romanesque basilica of 1025, clear example. Unusual original façade and Bell Tower leaning against the Roman walls. Renovated in 1940. Massive. Guided tours contact the proloco.
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  • If you pass by Lomello and not stop to see this baptistery and the Church where she married the Lombard Queen Theodolinda worse for you
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  • Exquisite example of Lombard Romanesque
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