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Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro


The oldest traces of the Basilica date back to 604 A.D. But it owes its present appearance to work carried out in the 12th century. It would however appear that it was built on the orders of Kind Liutprando to celebrate the transfer of the remains of Saint Augustine from Sardinia to Pavia. The colourful name of Saint Peter in a Sky of Gold is due to the gilded decoration of the wooden ceiling which is also mentioned by Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. The structure is in the Romanesque style with a gabled facade and interior with nave and two side aisles. The Arch of Saint Augustine is situated behind the main altar, surrounded by images, statues and bas reliefs which recount the life of the saint. The crypt contains a sarcophagus with the remains of Severino Boezio, who was executed around 525 by King Teodorico. The church also contains a major relic of Santa Rita, for whom the people of Pavia have a particular devotion. There is also a beautiful 16th century sacristy with grotesque and allegorical decorations.

Piazza San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro  - Pavia