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Chiesa Santo Orso, Cogne

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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.
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.
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  • 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 »
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  • 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.

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