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The Basilica Abbey of San Mercuriale is the main religious building in Forlì, in Romagna (northern Italy); the rather smaller cathedral was largely destroyed by fire in the 19th century.History and overviewA first church was built here in the 4th century, dedicated to St. Stephen. It was destroyed by a fire in 1173. The dedication to Saint Mercurialis, the local martyr and patron, had appeared in the 9th century. In 1176 the edifice was assigned to the Vallumbrosan Order.The current edifice was finished in 1180 in Lombard-Romanesque style, along with the famous bell tower. The latter, with its height of 75 m, is one of the tallest in Italy. In the 13th century it was considered one of the marvels of the Kingdom of Italy.The abbey, which once was located outside the ancient Roman city, was included in a new line of walls in that period. In the 15th century the Vallumbrosans' cloister was annexed to the construction: it has a rectangular shape and is decorated by slender columns, with a central well that can still be seen.The apse of the church was rebuilt in 1585. Of the same period is also the wooden choir, designed by Alessandro Bigni from Bergamo. The façade and the bell tower are in brickwork. The former is decorated with arcades supported by columns. The magnificent rose window over the main portal portrays the Epiphany with Dream and Adoration of the Magi, and is attributed to the so-called Master of the Months, who was active also in the cathedral of Ferrara.By using our Forli travel route builder, you can arrange your visit to Abbazia di San Mercuriale and other attractions in Forli.
Abbazia di San Mercuriale Reviews
It is a very old church, unfortunately,when we were there the facade of the hotel was covered due to maintenance work. However it there are very nice paintings from the 15.-16 century, and the... more »
The central sqare of the town is an imposing one, some of the historical buildings are there, it is to bad most of them cannot be visited. more »
It's a Luongo definitely to visit. Whether the structure is believed or not, it is undoubtedly striking. It transmits strength and stability, its history is still rich and between the church and the tower has passed many stories! I would recommend a visit and climb its steps to admire Forlì from above!
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