Basilica di San Vincenzo in Galliano, Cantu

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The Basilica di San Vincenzo is a church in Galliano, a frazione of Cantù, in Lombardy, northern Italy. An example of local Romanesque architecture, it was founded in 1007. The complex includes also a baptistry, dedicated to St. John the Baptist.HistoryThe church is located in Galliano, a small hamlet included within the comune of Cantù. The toponym derives from the ancient people of the Galllianates, whose name is mentioned in a Roman altar dedicated to Matronis Braecorium Gallianatium Starting from the 2nd century, the worship of ancient gods such as Jupiter, Minerva and the Capitoline Triad was replaced by the Christian religion, in particular during the evangelization effort of Ambrose in the late 4th century. In the 5th century a Palaeo-Christian basilica, acting as the pieve of Cantù, existed in the site, perhaps with a baptstry. Of this structure, the black and white marble pavement remains in the current edifice's presbytery.The current church was begun in the 10th century. The basilica was re-consecrated by Aribert, archbishop of Milan, who at the time was likely the hereditary tenant of the edifice: this is testified by the presence of graffitoes under the apse's frescoes, which mention the death of his father, brother and nephew.The church was nearly ruined at the time of archbishop Charles Borromeo (1560–1584). Later it was abandoned and used as peasants' store and lost the small right aisle in a fire. Other sections went lost during the French occupation in the early 19th century, when they was considered of no artistic interest and sold to private collectors. The basilica was acquired by the comune of Cantù in 1909 and restored in 1933–1934.
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  • This very old basilica is presently partly under restoration. Situated on a hill on the side of Cantu it is well worth a visit.  more »
  • i was there for my nephew's baptism. The ceremony in such a beautiful place was just lovely! It was a wonderful place for his baptism. It feels ancient as it is 1000 years old or so. Definitely worth....  more »
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  • I always went there but I had never had the opportunity to find it open, so I booked a guided tour by contacting the municipality during a meeting with two friends. Beautiful well-preserved example of A Romanesque building. The frescoes have suffered from the various renovations of the building, but the careful explanation of the kind and prepared guide in addition to the tables with the reconstruction allowed us to understand the story told. Another treat is the Baptistry and Celtic steles found and placed in the well-maintained green lawn. Great destination even for those who have kids to enjoy a moment playful and protected. Good parking area too.
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