Religious sites in Italy

Monastero di Santa Lucia

Monastero di Santa Lucia (Monastery of Saint Lucy) is an architectural complex in the city of Adrano. The former monastery currently serves as an elementary school. The monastery was founded in 1157 and was rebuilt in the 15th and 17th centuries. The church adjoining the monastery was erected in 1596 and was rebuilt in the late 18th century. The façade has three orders. Two bell towers rise on the sides with quadrangula ...
Founded: 1157 | Location: Adrano, Italy

Santa Maria dei Greci Church

Santa Maria dei Greci is a gem of the Agrigento old town centre including impressive works of art dating back to the 14th century. This rather interesting gothic church was built on the site of an older site, a 5th century Doric Temple dedicated to Athena. The foundations from the older site have been excavated and you can see them through a glass floor.The church was named Greek because, during the Byzantine domination, ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Agrigento, Italy

San Niccolò and Cataldo Church

San Niccolò and Cataldo The church is an example of Italo-Norman architecture. It was founded by Tancred of Sicily in 1180. In 1716 the façade was rebuilt, with the addition of numerous statues, but maintaining the original Romanesque portal. The walls were frescoed during the 15th-17th centuries.
Founded: 1180 | Location: Lecce, Italy

San Domenico Church

In 1471, after William VIII, Marquess of Montferrat had chosen Casale as the permanent location of the marquisate court, construction began of the church of San Domenico, to the north of Piazza Mazzini. Work on the building ceased for some time, as a result of political instability; in the early 16th century a fine, if slightly incongruous, Renaissance portal was imposed on the late Gothic façade.
Founded: 1471 | Location: Casale Monferrato, Italy

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore di Siponto

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore di Siponto is a church in Manfredonia, Apulia. The church was completed around 1117, when it was consecrated (perhaps in place of a pre-existing 6th century Palaeo-Christian edifice) and the relics of Laurence of Siponto where put under the high altar. The building has an unusual square plan, consisting of two independent churches (one, underground, is the current crypt), two apse ...
Founded: 1117 | Location: Manfredonia, Italy

Santa Maria in Araceli

The church of Santa Maria in Araceli is a late-Baroque style church built in the late 17th century in Vicenza according to designs attributed to Guarino Guarini. Construction of the present church was begun during 1672-1680, a period during which the famous architect Guarino Guarini resided in Vicenza under the patronage of the Theatines. In 1965, designs for the church were found in the Vatican Library. Construction see ...
Founded: 1672 | Location: Vicenza, Italy

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Following a plague that afflicted Brescia between 1480 and 1484, there were rumours that a votive fresco depicting the Madonna and Child in front of a house in the San Nazario quarter had developed miraculous powers. On the wave of popular religious fervour, the Catholic church began negotiations in 1486 for the purchase of the house. In 1488, the construction of the Santa Maria dei Miracoli began. The interior, but not ...
Founded: 1488 | Location: Brescia, Italy

Saint-Gilles Church

Tradition dates the foundation of the monastery in Verrès to the 10th century, however the canonicals of St. Egidio are mentioned for the first time in 1050. It was the location of the parish church, which includes buildings dating from the 11h and 18th centuries. The main building, in visible stone, and the adjacent, main bell-tower were built in 1512 by the Provost Charles of Challant. The current parish church of San ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Verrès, Italy

Säben Abbey

Säben Abbey was established in 1687, when it was first settled by the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg. Situated on the 'holy mountain', Säben was for centuries a centre of pilgrimage and controlled an extensive religious precinct. On the site of the present nunnery there was an earlier Roman settlement. Between the 6th century and about 960 there was a bishopric (episcopatus Sabiona) seated here. The church 'im Weinb ...
Founded: 1687 | Location: Chiusa, Italy

San Giacomo Maggiore Church

San Giacomo Maggiore is a Romanesque style church built in the mid-12th century. It was altered in the 14th, 17th and 18th centuries.  
Founded: 12th century | Location: Gavi, Italy

Palmi Cathedral

Palmi Cathedral is the principal church of Palmi in Italy, and co-cathedral of the diocese of Oppido Mamertina-Palmi. There are no accurate reports on the age in which this parish was established. Between 1310 and 1311, is attested in Palmi a church of St. Nicholas was the only one in the village. The church of St. Nicholas is again reminded in some acts of 1532. The church, in 1586, stood clear of the city walls. In the ...
Founded: 1786 | Location: Palmi, Italy

Santa Maria del Regno

Santa Maria del Regno church, together with the annexed castle of which ruins remain today, was built in the 11th century by Giorgia, daughter of the Giudice of Torres, as a Palace Chapel. The church is mentioned in the Libellus Judicum Turritanorum of the 13th century. The church was built in dark basalt stone by Pisan workers (the island in the Middle Ages was under strong influence from the maritime Republic of ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Ardara, Italy

San Pietro and San Paolo Church

San Pietro e San Paolo is a Romanesque-style church built in the 9th to 10th century, although the present structure was heavily reconstructed in the 19th century. The façade is not decorated with three entrances, one for each nave. These are separated by columns from a prior temple. Under the presbytery is a crypt. Most of the frescoes of the church are lost, but the adjacent 9 sided baptistery will retains frescoes fro ...
Founded: 9th-10th century AD | Location: Agliate, Italy

San Giovanni in Fiore Abbey

The San Giovanni in Fiore Abbey date back to Joachim da Fiore"s trip to La Sila in Calabria in 1188. Archaeological excavations have shown the presence of Joachim"s first edifice, which was finished in 1198, in the Iure Vetere locality. The construction of the abbey was approved by Queen Constance of Hauteville after a Joachim"s visit in her court at Palermo. After Joachim"s death in 1202, the fir ...
Founded: 1198 | Location: San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy

Ossario di San Martino

The Ossario di San Martino is a small chapel that houses over 1,200 skulls and over 2,000 bones that belonged to fallen soldiers who fought in a key 19th-century European conflict. In 1859, during the Second Italian War of Independence, there was a great battle here, more commonly called the Battle of Solferino. It was fought out between Austrian and the Piedmontese army. Solferino was the largest battle since that at ...
Founded: 1870 | Location: Desenzano del Garda, Italy

Brugnato Cathedral

According to some sources, supported by finds in the foundations, the first religious building on the site of Brugnato Cathedral was constructed in the 7th century over a palaeochristian necropolis, the church of a monastery dependent on Bobbio Abbey, founded by and dedicated to Saint Columbanus. It was rebuilt in the 11th-12th centuries, passed to a resident community of Benedictine monks, and became in 1133 the seat of ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Brugnato, Italy

Adria Cathedral

Adria Cathedral (Duomo di Adria) replaced the much older former cathedral nearby, dedicated to Saint John, which continues in use as a parish church. The new cathedral, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, was built in the early 19th century over a 14th-century church. When works were undertaken in 1830 to investigate the stability of the foundations, a Byzantine crypt and frescoes were discovered. The cathedral also con ...
Founded: 1830 | Location: Adria, Italy

Gries Church

The Old Parish Church of Gries contains several precious works of art. Some parts of the original Romanesque church are still preserved, as parts of the walls of the tower and nave. There has probably been a settlement in the area since Roman times. The Gothic, polygonal choir was built in 1414. During the course of the 16th century the Romanesque church was rebuilt. Star-shaped vaults were inserted in the nave, and in ...
Founded: 1414 | Location: Bolzano, Italy

Shrine of Madonna della Ceriola

The origins of the Shrine of Madonna della Ceriola date back around the mid-5th century when Saint Vigilio, bishop of Brescia, introduced Christianity into the Lake Iseo area, thereby abolishing the worship of the pagan goddess Isis and spreading the faith in Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Saint Vigilio built a small chapel on the top of the island and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary as a symbol of purification from p ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Monte Isola, Italy

Santa Maria del Patire Abbey

The Abbazia di Santa Maria del Patire (St Mary of Patir Abbey) is a church and monastery Corigliano-Rossano. It was founded in 1095 by Bartholomew of Grottaferrata. It was dedicated to Saint Mary Hodegetria, although it is known as Saint Mary of Patir, which later became Patire, according to the popular pronunciation. The church has a basilica plan with three apses that faces east. It is believed to be built over an earl ...
Founded: 1095 | Location: Corigliano-Rossano, Italy

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.