The small church of Oratorio di Santa Maria in Valle (also known as Lombard Temple), next to the Natisone river, is a notable example of High Middle Ages art sometimes attributed to the 8th century, but probably later. Included in the old Lombard quarter, it was probably used as Palatine Chapel by the Lombard dukes and king's functionaries. The fine decorations, statues and stuccoes (11th or 12th century) housed in the interior, show a strong Byzantine influence.

Cividale del Friuli, the capital of the first Lombard duchy in Italy has been present in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 2011.Cividale del Friuli, thanks to the Lombard Temple, one of the most representative symbols of the Lombard power in Italy, has received this important award being included, together with other Italian cities that preserve prestigious Lombard evidence.

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Founded: 8th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Luca Simon Mattioli (2 years ago)
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Mat Kru (2 years ago)
Must visit
Sonia Fentress (3 years ago)
Cividale. A place to visit
Regina D'Andrea (4 years ago)
Small Longbard temple from the 8th century. Worth a visit if you're in Cividale del Friuli. Nice view of the Natisone River as well.
Roberto Pizzini (4 years ago)
Interesting historical landmark
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