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Basilica San Teodoro, Pavia

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San Teodoro is an Romanesque-style Roman Catholic church in the town center of Pavia, Italy.HistoryA church at the site is documented since the year 752. The parish is cited in documents from the mid-13th-century. Initially the church was dedicated to Saint Agnes, but by the year 1000, it was dedicated to San Teodoro, bishop of Pavia who died in 778. The body of the saint, who is the protector of fisherman and those working in the River Ticino, is housed in the main altar.DescriptionThe interior has a 13th-century altarpiece of a Madonna and child. and a series of early 16th-century frescoes depicting the Life of Sant'Agnese and San Teodoro. The Apse has a painting of the Adoration of the Lamb and some saints by Antonio Villa. The church has frescoes (1507) by Bramantino and Bernardino Lanzani. The latter's fresco includes a vista of Pavia in 1525/26 replete with medieval towers.
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  • Very interesting church to visit, the alter is unusually to accommodate the crypt underneath, beautifully decorated inside, well worth a visit.  more »
  • The Church of San Teodoro, a Romanesque building which has a really interesting fresco in the interior showing a view of the city during the 16th century.  more »
  • Worth a visit. Highlights are the frescoes showing Pavia during the French siege (notice the canons). The painted stone statue of St Theodore near the altar is as also worth noting. Very quiet. I was the only visitor. Unlike many other churches, it doesn't close midday. In and out in 20 minutes. Free.
  • Very very old!

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