Chiesa San Michele in Insula, Trino

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  • San Michele in insula is the place of the FAI heart. With good reason, being much loved by the people of Trento, and beyond. It is a site of very ancient origins, with a special charm. It is located just outside Trino, to the north-east of the town. The ancient church is surrounded by a natural park, and a row of cypress poplars unfortunately now a little frayed embraces it, recalling that it was once surrounded by walls. The simple, bare interior is moving, with some parts of the fresco that have come down to us. Always open, otherwise ask the nearby caretaker.
  • It is the oldest church in Trino, and is of great historical importance. The first evidence of its existence dates back to the 10th century, even if the building that can still be admired today is basically from the 12th century. The facade, complete with a neoclassical pronaos, was built in the 18th century. However, the rest of the church retains its original Romanesque appearance, with the decoration of hanging arches, the exposed brick masonry and three beautiful semicircular apses. San Michele was gradually abandoned in the thirteenth century, when the town moved towards the current parish church of San Bartolomeo. It retains the name "In insula" since in ancient times the place was surrounded by two branches of the Po, and was inhabited since Roman times: some recent excavations have brought to light housing structures dating back to the IV - VII centuries. The interior preserves Romanesque frescoes from the same period as the construction of the church, in which Byzantine influences can be traced: unfortunately it is rare to find it open.

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