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“UNESCO listed early Christian building.”

Basilica di San Salvatore
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Basilica di San Salvatore, located just outside Spoleto city walls, is an interesting early Christian building which overlooks a large cemetery. The building dates from the late IV century, the architectural design is said to be built in the style of a pagan temple. From the information board inside the Basilica it says that the Basilica was mentioned in documents in 815, probably dedicated to the Spoleto martyr Concordio and that it was a place of worship for the Longobards of Italy.

Looking around the interior there is quite a lot of building materials which have been reused in its construction. It certainly is a remarkable building knowing that portions have been here since the late IV century.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

The Basilica di San Salvatore, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a humbling and awe-inspiring work of art, a quiet and reverential structure that holds within it a sense of what the earliest Christian sanctuaries were like. There are here Roman temple architectural influences and frescoes of the saints alike, and one can feel in the juxtaposition of art and architecture what it must have been like to be a Christian trying to come out from under the influence of the prevailing pagan culture. One fresco, of a cross adorned with jewels, reveals the worldly attempt to render the spiritual realm and the priceless gift of redemption the cross truly is. This magnificent place of worship is free, and though we’ve been here twice, we’ve only seen two or three others while there. Humbling, beautiful, quiet.

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank Bret L
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

A bit difficult to access outside Spoleto and hidden behind the cemetary lies this nice church with an interesting combination of architectural styles. The view of Spoleto and the fortress is very nice from the adjacent olive plantageon.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 17 May 2015

The Basilica of San Salvatore is just a 6-minute walk from the bottom of the set of escalators that lead down from Spoleto's Duomo and Ponzianina areas. Considered to be one of Italy's oldest churches, it was built using Roman salvaged remains. This is apparent when you view the inside because there is not the usual continuity with its architecture and decorative elements. It is rather simple inside yet it's a stunning example of early Christian thinking. Located below the basilica is a lovely cemetery whose tombs and gravestones are art in themselves. Take time to meander through the rows of tombs adoringly embellished with fresh flowers, statues, and photographs of the deceased. From here you can also catch some nice views of Spoleto's hilltop to the southwest. The church is free to enter and during the high season it is open late.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

Best to visit with a guide describing what the see. The interior is not exceptionnal but host some major piece of italian history. Exterior walls are gorgeous

Date of experience: June 2014
1  Thank Bengos1
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