Basilica di Santa Giulia, Bonate Sotto

#65 of 192 in Historic Sites in Province of Bergamo
Church · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Basilica di Santa Giulia is a medieval former church in Bonate Sotto, Lombardy, northern Italy. Built in the early 12th century, only its apse area remain today in a short plain outside the town.
According to local tradition, it would have been founded by St. Julia of Corsica herself, or by the Lombard queen Theodelinda. It is mentioned in a letter from 1129 by Pope Honorius II as "... the church in Lesina which has not been consecrated yet". An abbey had its centre here, being abandoned together with the church around the 14th century.
The church had a basilica plan, with a nave and two aisles with three apses; the interior was divided into five bays, of which only the last one preceding the apse area survives. The area without the ceiling is now home to a cemetery. The central apse was frescoed in 1795 by the Swiss painters Baldassarre and Vincenzo Angelo Orelli.
Notable are the sculpted capitals, with geometrical, animal or human figures, while the residual exterior decoration include small columns and Lombard bands.
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  • We sat in the church listening to our tour guide but couldn't hear her because of other visitors talking loudly as they entered. Some were even taking flash pictures. Beautiful ceilings reminiscent...  more »
  • Magical place.Romanesque cathedral dating from a period between 1100 and 1200 of which remains abside.where there were aisles today there are graves.Remarkable the invoice of the capitals and some windows of the apse.the fresco dates back to 1800
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  • A very ancient Basilica of the 12TH century, which has undergone many changes over time, until 1809 has officially become the local cemetery. It is a very quiet place that hangs a true peace. Sporadic masses still occur inside, and retains unique details that time has not destroyed. The most noteworthy is that there is no cover, except the altar. For those visiting Bonate Sotto It is certainly a place that should be visited.
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