Sant'Orso, or Saint-Ours, is a collegiate church in Aosta, northern Italy, dedicated to Saint Ursus of Aosta. The original church had a single hall, delimited by a semicircular apse. It was entirely rebuilt during the 9th century, during the Carolingian age. Later, bishop Anselm of Aosta further renovated the church, introducing a basilica plan with three naves with wooden trusses. These were replaced by Gothic cross vaults in the 15th century.Our Cogne driving holiday planner makes visiting Chiesa Santo Orso and other Cogne attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
The church has a nave and two aisles divided by quadrangular pillars.
The vault was rebuilt in the 15th century. Fragments of a Romanesque series of paintings are preserved in good condition in the space between the current vault and the original ceiling. These portray scenes from the New Testament as well as a martyrdom. Stylistically they resemble the bright colours and strongly marked outlines of some of the frescoes at the Galliano Basilica near Cantù. In the right aisles is a chapel houseing the altar of St. Sebastian, also with frescoes (15th century).
The cloister has historiated capitals depicting the life of Ursus. 37 of the 42 original capital remains: they were originally in white marble, though now they mostly appear in dark gray color aftery they were washed with ash paint.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
Chiesa Santo Orso reviews
Nice little church. Definitely worth the couple of minutes it takes to walk through if you are in Cogne.
Nice little church. Definitely worth the couple of minutes it takes to walk through if you are in Cogne. more »
The Sant'Orso Church is constituted of parts of several ages, the oldest going back quite some centuries. Interior is somewhat dim.
The Sant'Orso Church is constituted of parts of several ages, the oldest going back quite some centuries. Interior is somewhat dim. more »
Nice historical monument.
Not to be missed when visiting Aosta. Wonderful atmosphere and amazing history. Take some time for exploration of the frescos at the pillars in the yard. They tell you many biblical stories in a clear "picture language" that can be understood even without in depth knowledge of the Bible.
Plan your trip to Cogne
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Book itChoose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Cogne
Side trips from Cogne
Hidden gems in Cogne
Museums in Cogne
Nearby attractions in Cogne
Outdoors in Cogne
Trips in Chiesa Santo Orso by other users
6 days in Cogne BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Rifugio Vittorio Sella Sentieri della Valnontey Prato di Sant'Orso 2 days in Cogne BY A USER FROM GERMANY Chiesa Santo Orso Maison Bruil Parc Animalier d'Introd 8 days in Cogne BY A USER FROM SPAIN Montagne di Carta - Caffe Libreria e Sala da Te Lillaz Waterfalls Maison Bruil 8 days in Cogne BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Giardino Botanico Alpino Paradisia Rifugio Vittorio Sella Sentieri della Valnontey 8 days in Cogne BY A USER FROM FRANCE Castello Di Cly MAV - Museo dell'Artigianato Valdostano di Tradizione Vallone di Saint-Barthelemy 8 days in Cogne BY A USER FROM ISRAEL River Rafting & Tubing The Roman Aqueduct-Bridge of Pont d'Ael APERTO SINO AL 1 NOVEMBRE Lillaz Waterfalls