Bergamo’s beautiful upper town, the Città Alta (pictured above), is a magical place well worth visiting. Use this website to help you plan your trip to Bergamo in Northern Italy and find your way to some of the other lovely towns and villages in Lombardia that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Roman column marks spot where saint was martyred

Not to be missed in Bergamo’s Citta Bassa…


Sant' Alessandro in Colonna by night
A Roman column in front of Chiesa di Sant’Alessandro in Colonna is believed to mark the exact spot where Bergamo’s patron saint was martyred by the Romans for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.
The column in Via Sant’Alessandro in Bergamo's Città Bassa (lower town) was constructed in the 17th century from Roman fragments. There are different theories about where the pieces came from.
Every year on 26 August Bergamo remembers Sant’Alessandro’s decapitation in 298. Last year for the first time there was a re-enactment of the event in full costume at the scene.
The church of Sant’Alessandro in Colonna was rebuilt in the 18th century on the site of an earlier church. Its ornate campanile was completed at the beginning of the 20th century.
The church houses a work depicting the martyrdom of Sant’Alessandro by Enea Salmeggia and one showing the transporting of Sant’Alessandro’s corpse by Gian Paolo Cavagna. It also contains paintings by Lorenzo Lotto and Romanino.

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