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Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro Reviews
At first glance, you may think that this is just one ordinary church. The name of the church, San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro (St. Peter in Golden Sky), refers to the mosaics of gold leaf behind the glass... more »
Located just 7 minutes with the train from Pavia, this marvelous monastery will leave no one unimpressed. It is huge and offers a wide variety of scenes and art to admire. The architecture is also... more »
This church is no doubt the most interesting in town. It is most famous for being the rest place of the relics of two saints: Boetius and, most famous, Saint Augustin. While Boetius did die in Pavia, after having been treacherously sent into jail by his rivals in the Imperial house, Augustine’s bones reached Pavia through an adventurous path that involved Arab pirates and a stop in Cagliari. The actual urn in enclosed in a magnificently sculpted ark, it is exposed only on some recurrences (like the day of st. Augustine).
Nice facade (Lombard). Located in a quiet neighborhood next to a pleasant little park/piazza. Inside there is a beautiful 14th century funeral monument to St Augustine. Yes, the "Doctor of the Church" and "City of God" St Augustine. Legend has it that his bones are located under the monument (the usual skepticism is warranted with these sorts of claims). Still, the faithful make pilgrimage to this Church so it was, given it's location, rather crowded. In and out in 25 minutes. Free.
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