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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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  • We make a first round in the small town of Lomello and admire the imposing Romanesque brick building, with large arches and special shapes like that of the tower with a torricina off for the bells; Unfortunately it is closed and then back at the right time for the visit; apparent simplicity, but then proposes a beautiful altar and spectacular, and on the opposite side are visible remnants of the older church.
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  • Just past the Castle, Town Hall, appears this majestic Romanesque building, preceded by the magnificent baptistery with which it forms a spectacular complex of extraordinary historical and artistic value. The Basilica, the prestigious Bishop-count, it has a Latin cross plan and is dated with certainty at the end of the century. X, probably by the Benedictine monk Bruningo di Breme. It suffered considerable damage from the earthquake of 1117, which uncovered three bays, giving rise to the present corner of great charm and beauty. Inland-sober up to appear bare, but with a few more valuable fresco-very intense and particular atmosphere, enhanced by original series of architectural elements: bays, aisles, arches, pillars up to the typical roof trusses. Note that the basilica is situated about 3 m higher than the baptistery, built a few centuries earlier. The whole environment speaks to us of the Lombard epic, which is also found in place names in the country and in the great feast in medieval costumes (17-18 June 2017) that commemorates the marriage of Queen Teodolinda and agilulf 590 held precisely in the autumn of Lomello. A destination not to be missed, an authentic jewel of Lomellina and heritage of civilization. (* visited the April 29, 2017 *)
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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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  • 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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