San Zeno Church

Bardolino, Italy

Church of San Zeno (mid-9th century) has one of the few Carolingian edifices in Italy. It has traces of original fresco decorations. The interior has a Latin cross structure, with important decorations, unfortunately lost during the years.



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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Ihor Zeiger (15 months ago)
Hidden Carolingian parish church, built in IX century and still standing
Nina Kroner (2 years ago)
Phenomenal church built in the 9th century that has endured for centuries. With pillars that don't have to carry anything. With an unusual tiburio roof. And with original paintings inside: A seated Virgin and Child; San Piedro looks at you with one eye. The light from outside hardly penetrates the interior. Not a church that attracts with pomp and beauty, but a real rarity due to its age.
Augusto Benini (2 years ago)
One of the Romanesque churches that you meet while sailing around Lake Garda. Of simple shapes but with interesting frescoes on the walls
Gianfranco MEI (5 years ago)
It is among the most remarkable Carolingian churches in Italy, dating back to the second half of the 9th century. It has a Latin cross plan with barrel vaults on the side arms and cross vaults on the lantern. The roof is guaranteed by a dome set on columns intuitively inspired by the Ionic style through the relief design of volutes: for this reason it is indicated as one of the most evident examples in Italy of recovery of the ancient style during the so-called Carolingian renaissance. In the side arms are preserved original decorations. It was part of the monastic fiefdom of the Abbey of San Zeno and curiously recalls in the style of construction many churches built later in central and southern Italy on a square plan, such as Sant'Angelo al monte Raparo in Basilicata, San Giuseppe in Gaeta and San Costanzo in Capri . It was one of the few churches in the Verona area left intact by the earthquake of 1117.
Ágústa Sigrún Ágústsdóttir (6 years ago)
What a beautiful gem, hidden away, yet so close.
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