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“Ancient and impressive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di San Salvatore

Basilica di San Salvatore
Piazza Mario Salmi, 1, Spoleto, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 22 Attractions in Spoleto
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Ancient and impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A bit out of town (we walked), and we had the church all to ourselves. the massive construction and simplicity of the remaining decor are very inpressive.

Visited June 2013
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“Haunting beauty and great sadness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is a World Heritage site and has been well cleaned. Unfortunately it has very little by way of information available and I find it very sad that what there is only makes clear how much that is beautiful has been lost through either neglect or vandalism. What is left has a sort of haunting beauty enhanced by the proximity of the cemetery and the peaceful setting away from the city. There are some exquisite features atop the rough-hewn walls, much of which is composed of the wreckage of other Roman buildings. The beautiful cupola and the remains of the frescoes indicate some of the" grandeur that was Rome" and the whole place remains a sort of oasis of calm and an ideal place for quiet contemplation even though it has (accurately) been described as an example of palaeochristian jerry-building. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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London
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“Fascinating or amusing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This place is ancient although there is some dispute as to how old it is. The building materials are around 2nd century Roman, but this was not their first use. Parts are a wonderful example of palaeochristian jerry-building with mismatched lumps of pillar propped up on wall stones. It's certainly worth the climb to get here from Piazza Vittoria (and a lot easier getting back)

Visited September 2012
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“Cemetery overlook”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

San Salvatore is an ancient, often-rebuilt church that overlooks a small, but impressive monumental cemetery. It is quiet, and full of architectural masterpieces.

Visited April 2012
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Igualada, Spain
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“Back in roman times”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

What a church! It's not very well mantained, but this gives the basilica the look of an old roman temple. When you arrive there, a 10' walk from Spoleto's north end, you see nothing special , but when you go inside, the view is stunning: roman columns and capitals. And, best of all, it seems that the church looks like it used to look like back in that times, as it is an early christian church, 4th or 5th century AD

Visited February 2012
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