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...and this is Sant'Abbondio, the most beautiful romanesque church in Como, built in early lombard romanesque style between 1050 and 1095. It boasts some of the best preserved romanesque frescoes in northern Italy. They were painted by an unknown giottesque master between 1315 and 1324, during the era of Leone Lambertenghi, then bishop of Como.





Five thin naves:









And here's the main artistical feature of the church: giottesque frescoes!!!! So breathtaking!!!



















 

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...and I quote a post I've done on my thread, "monumental churches of Milan", about another big romanesque church (this one is a cathedral) built in lombrad romanesque style and very close to Milan.

Since we're exploring the vast heritage around Milan, in the metro area, today we're going in a city that has a nicely well preserved historical centre, Lodi. The city is located 30 km south east of the Milan's Duomo cathedral.

This one is the cathedral of Lodi, built between year 1158 and year 1284:



The interiors are in Lombard romanesque style, but somehow I notice some similarities also with the famous cathedral of Modena, maybe for the tall central nave and the brick used. Here you are the interiors:







As you can see, this is one of the largest churches in Lombardy region and in Milan metro area.





The rhytm of arches and columns.

Gothic frescoes on the entrance to the vast crypt:



the crypt:



 

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...also this post about San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro is insteresting too!

And we continue exporating the "crown of jewels" that we can find around Milan. This one we're showing is the real jewel of this crown. 30 kms south the duomo cathedral of Milan we can find the ancient capital of Longobard reign: Pavia. It is by far the most beautiful city in the 30 kms limits around Milan we've set. It shows a very preserved and big historical center of some 2 square kms that lies on the north side of the Ticino river. Some kms south we can find also the big Po river. It is interesting to notice that in Roman era times, Pavia was called Ticinum, because of the river.
You can reach Pavia easily from garibaldi fs train station with overground line S13 in 30 minutes. Why don't you enjoy a daytrip in Pavia? There's also the gorgeous Charterhouse! :)

We start this ride with the church that shows probably the most important piece of art in Pavia, the San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro basilica, where St. Augustin himself is buried, along with St Severin:









The Ark of Saint Augustin, an absolute masterpiece! This monumental tomb is a piece of art from the XIV century, sculptured in gothic style by the famous sculptors Comacine Masters (maestri comacini). The ark has a total of more than 150 statues sculptured in it.





Details of the interior vault of the ark!







breathtaking...awe inspiring...you name it, it's so freakin' gorgeous! I wanted to scream "bravo!" when I saw it for the first time! :D



More details...speechless!





I mean...come on!













ah...of course, this is the sacristy...I imagine the discussion about that space during the 1500s..."why don't we paint it with mannerist frescoes with grotesques?" "yeah, of course, we've got plenty of artists..."









 

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Pavia part II:

San Michele basilica, originally built during the Longobard reign, now shows a later nave (year 189, definately not romanesque era) that reminded us the Sant'Ambrogio basilica, with its rythm of pillar and semipillar, of arches and semiarches, the light inside was...divine! ;)



the stone used for the construction is arenaria, a sandy stone that suffers rains, here's the result, what a pity!













the light!











the crypt:











the silver cross, carolingian artwork. A masterpiece!



the mosaics of the zodiak, carolingian artwork:









side nave:



Sant'Ambrogio inspired?

 

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...and Pavia part III:

San Teodoro church, a little romanesque jewel:









frescoed interiors:





mosaics of the original floor, middle ages:











Frescoes from the XVI century painted by Bernardino Lanzani, titled "views of Pavia":



here we can view the castle of Pavia, today is still similar to that one painted there:



here's the historical centre of Pavia, painted during the renaissance:





the frescoes showing the histories of Saint Agnes:

That's all for now! And all this in a range of 30 maximum 40 kms around Milan, north to south, east to west! ;)
 

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Sant'Antimo abbey, Val d'Orcia, Tuscany. Here you can find also one of the best superwines in Italy, the Brunello di Montalcino, just breathtaking! :)

It is located in the Via Francigena (*) , the oldest pilgrimage route in Europe and one of the three main pilgrimage of Christiandom along with the one directed to the Holy Land and Jerusalem, the one directed towards western, the Camino de Santiago. The Via Francigena lead to Rome, to the tomb of St. Peter, and then go to Apulia, in southern Italy. This church is said to be built by Longobards in 770, and Charlemagne too, when walking upwards the Via Francigena, had put his sign the Sant'Antimo abbey in year 781. Sant'Antimo became then an Imperial Abbey, and the Abbot of Sant'Antimo has been considered a Count Palatine, a close imperial consellor. The romanesque building has been built starting in year 1118 under the direction of Abbott Guidone.



from the website: http://www.kevinmcnealphotography.com



The very simple and elegant facade:



From Wikipedia.

The beautiful interior light effects:



from www.paradoxplace.com[/url [IMG]htt...agriturismo.it/francigena_mappa_big.jpg[/IMG]
 

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The Sacra di San Michele, in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino, near Turin, Piedmont, northern Italy.
Built in defence of the Italian Pilgrimage route that lead from Santiago to the Via Francigena (in the map of the Via Francigena on the previous post, you can see it under the "stop" of Susa) and doing so to Rome. It is almost perfectly aligned (and almost with the same distance between each other) with Mount Saint Michel in France and the santuario di San Michele Arcangelo in Apulia, southern Italy, creating a sort of "defensive line" of the whole Europe under the name of the Archangel Michael.



The building was started after year 1099 and was completed after 1131.
Settled above the mount Pirichiano (960 meters high), it face almost vertically the valley below, controlling the way leading to Gauls first and France then.



From Panoramio









The scheme of the structure:



From www.francescocorni.com

The romanesque apsis:



The interiors, in a wonderful romanesque style:











The Porta dello Zodiaco, the "gate of the zodiak":



Capitols of the Porta dello Zodiaco:





 

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Impressive examples. The Sacra di San Michele has always fascinated me. Umberto Eco was inspired by her to the novel The Name of the Rose. The abbey of the film was also inspired by her although it was a decorated papier that I think was located in the Lazio.
 

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The Sister Churches at Gran, Norway. It is a complex consisting of a tow churches, a medieval stone tower and their accompanying graveyard. The smallest church and the one to the left in the first picture is Mariakirken, which was built sometime before 1150 and is the oldest of the two. Nikolaikirken is the other church and it is thought that it was built at some point of between 1150 and 1200.


Søsterkirkene by Knut Sørensen, on Flickr


IMG_3764 by nordiskkatolsk, on Flickr


Nikolaikirken by ekvator13, on Flickr



20130718-IMG_9704.jpg by jechstra, on Flickr
 

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Those two look more Gothic than Romanesque in my opinion :dunno:
 
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