Romanesque

Church of Santa Giulia - Bonate Sotto

The Romanesque basilica has thre eaisles with apses and five spans.

The roofis not original and the outdoor area is part of the cemetery. The most significant elements, certainly dating back to its origins, are the internal capitals, carved with floral, zoomorphic, and anthropomorphic motifs and depicting scenes of hunting and war.

Church of San Tomè - Almenno San Bartolomeo
It is known as “The Rotonda” because of its circular layout. It is located in the middle of fields, probably because the original building, dating back to the 10th century, was part of a necropolis. At the beginning of the 12th century, it was rebuilt from scratch. The church was constructed of rough stones, and divided into three sections: nave, dome and lantern. The entrance portals are adorned with bas-reliefs. One shows a man with a spear in his hands and represents Saint Thomas. The external walls feature pilasters that lighten the structure.

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Church of Madonna del Castello - Almenno San Salvatore

The building complex dedicated “to the Lady” is made up of three sites with different architectural features. In fact, they were built at different times.

The sanctuary of S. Maria di Castello is from the sixteenth century. It is a rectangular building with a single nave. At the center of the back wall is a splendid octagonal ciborium in Renaissance style, with scenes from the Life of the Virgin.

The Church of San Salvatore is the oldest church in the area and is an example of pre-Romanesque and Romanesque religious architecture. It has three naves, divided by two pairs of rectangular pillars.

The masterpiece consists of the pulpit dating back to 1130. It is an outstanding example of Romanesque sculpture. The symbols of the evangelists are carved into the centre, distributed following a rhomboid line, which highlights the simplicity and, at the same time, the refined workmanship.

Church of San Giorgio - Almenno San Salvatore

The church of San Giorgio is one of the most elegant of its time. The lower part of the facade is built from blocks of sandstone, while the upper part from blocks of white stone. The back of the building is more refined, especially where the apse is divided into five compartments delimited by small columns placed on pilasters.

The interior is divided into three naves and the walls feature important fresco cycles, some of which have been damaged and are still waiting to be refurbished. Although the authors of the frescoes are unknown, it is possible to admire the evolution of their art, from the most ancient folk style, becoming more and more refined over time, providing examples of great mural painting.

Abbey of Sant’Egidio - Fontanella

The church is located in Fontanella, a village near Sotto il Monte. It consists of three naves culminating in three small apses decorated on the outside. Inside, the walls are adorned with fragments of frescoes from the 15th and 16th century, although their themes are difficult to interpret.

The monastery was founded at the end of the 11th century by Alberto da Prezzate, a very important figure at that time in the local society. Monastic activity flourished until the 14th century, and then died out.

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