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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  • August 18, 2017
    I see with pleasure that treasure of Romanesque architecture. Beautiful to see externally, but it is highly recommended to reserve your visit inside. Interesting history of the Church and the place. Splendid frescoed baptistery!
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  • August 6, 2017
    The present basilica dates back to approximately 60 metres long and 1025 to Latin cross, is not the original building associated with the Baptistery. The original façade and Bell Tower were leaning against the Roman walls and the nave was decorated with stucco. Everything now remain only remnants and ruins. The Church has a showy plant asymmetric and assumes a willingness to play the body of Christ on the cross with his head tilted. During the 1940s and 1950s the Basilica was restored back to basics after working on Renaissance and Byzantine style. Admission fee.
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  • July 7, 2017
    The basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore located in Lomello was built in the 15th century. XI. It is a Lombard Romanesque architectural evidence. Inside large arches, lighter at the ends by pairs of Lancet Windows (see photo) are an example of constructive originality. The current basilica was built on the site of a former basilica, of which the baptistery of San Giovanni ad Fontes was part, in which tradition and/or legend has it that Queen Teodolinda celebrated his marriage with her husband Agilulf. Was the 590 ad and is a place where is drastically reduced the distance with a past in fact very far but that the atmosphere, that is felt within in the Dim light of the nave, approached us dermally tangible. Absolutely worth visiting. Mario
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  • The Romanesque basilica is impressive for its size and very particular because it is irregular in a crypt under the presbytery and because it keeps building to it. The baptistery that tile, the age of the crypt, very nice outwardly for its octagonal shape, hides in his simple Interior an even more ancient baptismal font. To see.
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  • A journey back in time. Restaurant in Israel
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  • Magnificent Romanesque building constructed shortly after 1000, see.
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  • Exquisite example of Lombard Romanesque
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