Basilica San Michele Maggiore

Basilica San Michele Maggiore, Pavia

Basilica San Michele Maggiore

Basilica San Michele Maggiore
4.5
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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ariannadp
London, UK546 contributions
Jan 2015
This is the best historical architectural jewel In Pavia and is visually impressive. You must see it.
Written January 24, 2015
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AussieTraveller88
Newcastle Australia123 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Time stands still in such an old church. Well worth a visit, Charlemagne was crowned in this church.
Written July 12, 2014
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AndeeAlvis
Houston, TX67 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
From the outside, we expected a modest cathedral. Stepping inside, magnificent! My pictures do not do it justice.
Written October 20, 2019
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gpcd
Greenbelt, MD287 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
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 little resistance to weather and pollution. So there is little left to admire outside (beside the lines of the architecture).
Examples of what it must have been are inside, in the capitals of the crypt which are adorned with monsters and bishops and fools and all kind of strange figures.
Very quiet, cool, ideal stop during an afternoon walk through the city
I give only 3 stars because I do not believe that everything can be 'above average', and compared to other historical churches (San Teodoro, San Pietro) in Pavia this one provided less 'oomph', but what a beautiful average this is !
Written September 12, 2014
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momma_christa
Cary, NC111 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
take a look at the top! Wouldn't you like to clean/repair that ? We did not go in - just viewed the outsite. very pretty
Written January 22, 2019
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Brandon C
Vancouver, Canada118 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
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.
Written March 20, 2015
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NicoGarcia
15 contributions
I think this church astonished me, is so different from everything I've seen. For me was the best in Pavia, and there are other great places to visit in this city.
Written January 14, 2014
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Basilica of San Michele Maggiore, a beautiful Romanesque church which was built in sandstone instead of the typical brick of the area. The chancel also featured a really interesting pavement mosaic representing the twelve months of the year and a labyrinth made during the 12th century.
Written February 8, 2019
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a nice church with a Romanesque facade and simple interior.

The Crypt has a number of interesting relics.
Written October 31, 2018
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Andriy R
Bad Ischl, Austria20 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
If you are at least remotely interested in Romanesque art, it's an absolute must-see. It was open throughout the day in September, also a fiendly volonteer gave me a free personal tour. The chapel - it's magnificent - can be illuminated, 1 euro for 10 minutes.
Written September 11, 2018
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