Basilica di San Simplicio, Olbia

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The Basilica of San Simplicio is a Basilica in Olbia, northern Sardinia, Italy.It was built in the late 11th century on a small hill, once located outside the city walls, used since the Carthaginian times as a cemetery area. In the area already existed a Palaeo-Christian church, built most likely between 594 and 611, which in turn was located near a Roman temple. The apse, the walls and most of the internal columns were finished in the 11th century; the barrel vault of the aisles and the upper parts of the side walls were built in the early 12th century, while the façade was completed in the middle of that century.ExteriorThe church has a façade divided into three parts by two fake columns, with a central triple mullioned window with marble columns; the small bell tower on the right is in Spanish style and is a late addition dating to the Spanish rule of Sardinia. on the left of the façade is inserted an early mediaeval marble slab from another edifice, perhaps portraying Christ entering Jerusalem, or a clash of knights.The apse is decorated with small corbels, and is surmounted by a large pediment.The interior, showing the granite construction of the basilica, is on a nave and two aisles divided by columns and piers. In the middle of the apse are two ruined frescoes, depicting St. Simplicius and Victor of Fausania, who was bishop of Olbia after 595 and is considered a saint only in this city. Under the altar are the relics of Simplicius, discovered in 1614 while excavating the church's crypt.
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  • Beautiful Basilica renovated and well maintained, a star of Olbia, especially after the construction of the small but beautiful park adjacent, as well as covered parking below. well worth a visit.
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  • The Basilica of San Simplicio (Bishop and martyr, patron of Olbia), is a magnificent example of Pisan Romanesque in Sardinia. As typical of his style, is a church in granite, very bare and beautiful in its simplicity (only apparent: beautiful columns, all different, and the capitals that adorn; as well as much importance is the façade). The Interior invites for recollection and prayer: it is a must to Olbia. The celebration of the Patron Saint is on 15 may (Sa party ' and mesu Maju) is celebrated with a traditional festival very rich in events and processions. Consider that in those days Olbia is crowded.
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  • I booked a 2 night break in the city and was recommended to visit this church by the hotel staff. It's easy to walk to and has a very interesting history. Well worth a visit  more »

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