Santa Maria Maggiore Church

Sirmione, Italy

The church Santa Maria Maggiore (late 15th century) stands on the site of the former Lombard church of San Martino (founded in the second half of the 8th century). It has a rectangular shape with a polygonal apse and is oriented east-west. It has a single nave, divided by three arches. It is decorated with early 15th-century frescoes. The frescoes at the bottom of the north wall even belong to an earlier period. The contemporary wooden statue of the Madonna Enthroned is also of special interest.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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JMD (7 months ago)
Sirmione.... enchanteresse, hors du temps. L'idéal est de loger dans un des hôtels de la ville, derrière les remparts. Vous aurez ainsi la sensation de vivre à une autre époque, le soir, lorsque les touristes sont repartis, vous vous promenez dans les ruelles tranquilles, illuminées. Vous vivrez une émotion inoubliable, romantique. Vous êtes le seigneur des lieux ... Nous avons adoré ces 2 nuits à Sirmione.
Tatiana Samò (8 months ago)
Chiesa e molto antica, c’e una colonna al entrata dei tempi romani. Si trova in centro storico di città. Sempre aperta durante il giorno e possibile visitate tranquillamente. Su trova sempre un silenzio e quiete. E molto armoniosa! Ci sono affreschi bellissimi! Sono impressionanti i bassorilievi con via croce.
Thomas Ozbun (9 months ago)
Nice church with some interesting 14th century frescoes still remaining here and there. It is interesting to note that one of the columns of the front portico is a re-used roman stone.
Oren Drori (12 months ago)
Charming, fairy tale town!
paul appleby (2 years ago)
A very picturesque entrance to the main church in old Sirmione, with marble pillars & arches. As with a lot of Italian churches dimly lit but never-the-less a nice interior. It is actually bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. Worth spending a few minutes inside on the way to the beach or Villa Catullo.
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