Santa Maria Maggiore

Lomello, Italy

Santa Maria Maggiore church is an example of First Romanesque art. It includes the oldest cross vaults in Italy.

The oldest document mentioning the basilica is a privilege by pope Paschal II, dated 22 August 1107. Archaeological studies showed that at least two churches existed in the site before the current one, the earliest one being perhaps contemporary to the annexed baptistery of San Giovanni ad Fontes (c. 5th-7th centuries). The basilica has a nave and two aisles with a lower transept. The façade was originally embedded in the city's walls, but later the first three bays were abandoned and a new façade was obtained by closing one of the internal arches with a new wall.

The nave is characterized by arches which, at the sides, have double mullioned windows at the sides. The pillars which do not support the arches are prolonged by blind columns up to the clerestory. The longitudinal arches (those separating the nave from the aisles) are supported by semicolumns which form the pillars. The aisles are a 14th-century reconstruction of the original ones. In 1944 a crypt, perhaps unfinished, was discovered.

Adejacent to the basilica is the nearly coeval Baptistery of San Giovanni ad Fontes.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Stefano Magagnato (13 months ago)
Da visitare. Un vero esempio di Arte Romanica. La località tra laltro è ricca di storia.
R & M cucina (13 months ago)
Da visitare chiesa antica al centro del paese Lomello molto grande ha una storia molto interessante informatevi prima di andare, qui, sarebbe troppo lungo da spiegare vi do' solo due indizi ( regina Teodolinda e Longobardi) buona visita.
Maria Natalina Bossetti (15 months ago)
È molto semplice ma stupenda. E poi il Battistero è una meraviglia romanica
Gionni Deambrosis (15 months ago)
Un capolavoro del romanico, intriso di un millennio di storia. La storia e la leggenda di Teodolinda e Agilulfo aleggia fra le sue mura....bella e suggestiva la basilica proprio nei suoi tratti più rovinati! Merita una visita, come pure il castello...
Giuse Portiglia (19 months ago)
Splendido gioiello datato circa anno 1000 stupenda nella sua grandiosità e semplicità. Entrando attraverso ad un arco ci si trova tra le rovine poi si passa all'interno da un portone ed anche qui la meraviglia! Le colonne e le arcate sono asimmetriche, altissime e spoglie. Ha grande fascino. Fanno visite guidate
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