A MAGICAL PLACE

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

See church that is more than 1000 years old


Not to be missed in Bergamo’s Città Alta…

IL TEMPIETTO

Il Tempietto
A tiny church that dates back to the year 1000 is still standing in Bergamo’s Città Alta (upper town).
Il Tempietto di Santa Croce (the small temple of the holy cross) is next to the south portal of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and is protected by iron railings.
The carefully preserved old church, which was built of stone on the plan of a Greek cross, was restored in the 16th century and still contains some 16th century frescoes along with 19th century ones.
To get the best possible photographs of il Tempietto, take your pictures from the side that can be seen from a small street going off Via Arena.
Il Tempietto is considered to be the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Lombardia.
The inside can be viewed on request. If you are interested, enquire about the arrangements at the Città Alta Tourist Information Office in nearby Via Gombito.



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