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Church of San Colombano


This Romanesque church has a single nave and dates back to the 11th or 12th century, an important historical document of the High Middle Ages. Despite numerous interventions over the years and restoration work which at times was less than successful, it still stands as a valuable example of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy. It was built from chiselled blocks of sandstone, the church of San Colombano has a rectangular floorplan with a semicircular apse and two chapels on the side overlooking the river. The simple gable facade has a doorway decorated with columns and lesenes while the apse has round windows with carved stone divisions and recessed single arched windows, softened by a framework of blind arches supported on slender columns. The structure is also quite simple inside with a transverse arch separating the space for the congregation from the presbytery. What is of greatest interest is the rich sculptural decoration on the jambs and the panel above the columns of the central doorway, the doors on the sides of the building and the capitals in the interior where there are more complex and sophisticated figures rather in keeping with the style in Pavia. The typical medieval repertoire of imagery alternates angels and saints with twining foliage, geometric patterns and imaginary monsters and figures, symbols of temptation and sin.

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