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Basilica San Michele Maggiore, Pavia

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The Basilica of San Michele Maggiore is a church of Pavia, one of the most striking example of Lombard-Romanesque style. It dates from the 11th and 12th centuries.
A first church devoted to St. Michael Archangel was built on the location of the Lombard Palace chapel (to this period belongs the lower section of the bell tower), but it was destroyed by a fire in 1004. The current construction was begun in the late 11th century (crypt, choir and transept) and was completed by 1155. The vaults of the nave, originally with two grossly squared groin-vaulted spans, were replaced in 1489 by Agostino da Candia by four rectangular spans.
The basilica was the seat of numerous important events, including the coronations of Louis III (900) and Frederick Barbarossa (1155), among the others.
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  • From the outside, we expected a modest cathedral. Stepping inside, magnificent! My pictures do not do it justice. 
    From the outside, we expected a modest cathedral. Stepping inside, magnificent! My pictures do not do it justice.  more »
  • Basilica of San Michele Maggiore, a beautiful Romanesque church which was built in sandstone instead of the typical brick of the area. The chancel also featured a really interesting pavement mosaic... 
    Basilica of San Michele Maggiore, a beautiful Romanesque church which was built in sandstone instead of the typical brick of the area. The chancel also featured a really interesting pavement mosaic...  more »
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  • Very nice from the outside, but could not make it to the inside due to a funeral that was taking place there.
  • The church is impressive. The old sandstone of the façade is impressive. I found the inside less taken care of as it used to be. Especially the crypt. No light to the stone steps to go down. Dark the inside, sloppy the cloth on the altar. I was so surprised, I use to come here when I am near Pavia. San Michele was probably my favourite church... I was really deluded!

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