Basilica di San Giulio, Orta San Giulio

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The Basilica di San Giulio is a Roman Catholic church on the small Isola San Giulio in the center of Lake Orta, province of Novara, north-western Italy. It has the status of a minor basilica. Although the island is part of the Orta San Giulio municipality, the basilica belongs to the San Giacomo parish, including the island and a portion of the west coast of the lake in San Maurizio d'Opaglio municipality.
According to tradition, it was the hundredth, and last, church founded by Julius of Novara and his brother Giuliano, both natives of Aegina in Greece, who dedicated their later years to the evangelization of the area around Lake Orta. Legend has it that around year 390 the saint reached the island sailing on his cloak, and then freeing it from dragons (symbols of paganism); after the defeat of the monsters he built a small church devoted to the Twelve Apostles.
In the Early Middle Ages the strategic position made the island an important defensive point; first it was the abode of a Lombard duke, then Berengar II of Italy built a castle there. The construction of the castle is sometimes attributed to Onorato, bishop of Novara.
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  • The interior of the basilica has magnificent decor. Unfortunately, taking photos is not permitted. The walk around the island is picturesque and takes less than half an hour.  more »
  • This was a five-minute ferry ride from Orta San Giulio and the experience was nice overall. I enjoyed seeing inside the Basilica and looking around. One disappointing thing, however, is that the walk....  more »
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  • Beautiful pictures. Shame some people cannot understand no pics
  • The Basilica di San Giulio is a Roman Catholic church on the small Isola San Giulio in the center of Lake Orta, it has the status of a minor basilica. I feel like so blessed to be here, because the church full of history, and you feel mystery, you will see a saint body underground, like a movie. According to tradition, it was the hundredth, and last, church founded by Julius of Novara and his brother Giuliano, both natives of Aegina in Greece, who dedicated their later years to the evangelization of the area around Lake Orta. Legend has it that around year 390 the saint reached the island sailing on his cloak, and then freeing it from dragons (symbols of paganism); after the defeat of the monsters he built a small church devoted to the Twelve Apostles.
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