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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antonella salvo (16 months ago)
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Lomello and its mysteries .... Its magical atmosphere and its millenary history in an afternoon of June 2nd for a trip off the beaten track
Said Ferkane (18 months ago)
You feel nostalgic.
Paola Barba (2 years ago)
Desert but very impressive. Too bad it was closed ...
Federica Mellini (2 years ago)
Too bad it is difficult to visit, only 3 hours on Saturdays and Sundays from April to November, but the complex is very impressive
Anna (2 years ago)
A beautiful medieval village with remains of the Roman walls, a Lombard Baptistery, the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, the Museum of stuccos, the Crivelli Castle with Renaissance frescoes, the Romanesque church of San Michele. There are guided tours organized by the Proloco.
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