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Basilica San Michele Maggiore

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Address: San Michele square, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Phone Number: 0382.26063
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I recently visited this church located in the historic center of the city. Free entrance and I could see that nicely this was the only church open during lunch time, which is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tortona, Italy
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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited this church located in the historic center of the city. Free entrance and I could see that nicely this was the only church open during lunch time, which is unusual. The church itself is very beautiful, the beautiful facade is already enough to be fascinated by her beauty, in the Romanesque style it is very well preserved.... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful church which was built in 1100 (after the original one was destroyed) which was the site of the crowning of emperors such as Louis III and Barbarossa. Unlike other churches in Pavia and Lombardia it is not built with bricks but in sandstone, which over the centuries have suffered some erosion. It is simple and not... More 

Thank marcopolo111
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

A must see when visiting Pavia. Make sure you ask for the labyrinth, one of the few surviving and surely one of the oldest in Italy. The Basilique is of extreme importance as it survived the test of time. Quite impressive.

Thank Monty-eFred
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315 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This Basilica (it is a category under Cathedral) is much nicer that what we expected. Everything is abour small details and amazing work they did when making the walls, columns, floors,... The place it is a jewel in Pavia that sure you need to visit. I went with family and all of us enjoyed the visit. Only thing I missed... More 

Thank Armando_74a
Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Doesn't seem to be that much at first, but the crypt and the mosaic floor by the altar are really worth it.

Thank riccjul
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This church isn't as nice or new as most others in Europe, and that would be bad until you realize that Holy Roman Emperors were crowned in here. It's *that* old. Highlights include the mosaic floor by the altar.

1 Thank Brandon C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

This is the best historical architectural jewel In Pavia and is visually impressive. You must see it.

4 Thank ariannadp
Greenbelt, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A beautiful example of the Lombard-Romanesque style, this church has its best features inside. Not because its facade was left unfinished; au contraire it must have been stunning in its days of glory. but the bas- and high-relief carvings which adorned the front were made out of local arenaria (sandstone?); a soft stone which is easy to carve, but offers... More 

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Newcastle Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Time stands still in such an old church. Well worth a visit, Charlemagne was crowned in this church.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Loved the sandstone façade of this important Romanesque Basilica, one of the largest and most important in Northern Italy. Unfortunately, due to the passage of time, the sandstone is starting to show signs of decay but I suppose its more than 900 years old. Unfortunately Mass was in progress when we visited but our visit was still well worthwhile. In... More 

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