Saint Eufemia Abbey

Lamezia Terme, Italy

The abbatial complex of the Saint Eufemia was founded by Robert Guiscard in the second half of the 11th century in the place of an ancient Byzantine monastery. Present archaeological investigations concern the church, with the focus on the area of the great presbytery and the main apse. In this part, 3-4 m deeper than the ground level (that has risen in time due to the frequent floods of the Bagni river) a polychromatic tessellated marble pavement decorated with geometric patterns of Norman origins was located. In the same site, the outer walls and the pillars supporting the barrel roof were also discovered. The remains of the altar, deprived of marble covering, stand on a raised marble rectangular tribune, in the center of the apse. The semicircular part of the main apse lies under the local road passing near the church.

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Category: Religious sites in Italy

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