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Basilica di San Simplicio, Olbia
Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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.By using our Olbia tourist route planner, you can arrange your visit to Basilica di San Simplicio and other attractions in Olbia.
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We had a day here as part of a cruise. The 2 ancient churches are the most historic buildings in the town. The Basilica is very simple and a counterpoint to the more ornate interiors one typically ass... read more »
Une magnifique basilique avec une longue histoire écrite dans ses pierres et ses belles colonnes....A beautiful Basilica with a long story written in its stones and its beautiful columns...show original
Öppen för besök. Intressant byggnad som man på listigt sätt lyckas bevara. Det finns information om kyrkan och platsen även på engelska.Open for visits. Interesting building which cunningly way preserve. There is information about the Church and the site also in English.show original
Otto PostiThe Church of San Simplicio is the most representative monument of Olbia and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Sardinia. Simple and austere yet full of charm, has recently been enhanced further thanks to an input can now even from the new square in front of the station. From a practical perspective, it is possible to park in the underground parking spaces, under the square.show original
Marco MasiaThe Church of San Simplicio is a beautiful well preserved basilica, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, which is celebrated every year on 15 mayshow original
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