Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa

Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa

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Kate C
Preston, UK208 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
This is one of the most beautiful churches I have visited, better even than St Peters in my book. I have visited both pre and post earthquake and even though it needs massive work since the damage 4 years ago, it is still quite simply beautiful. A very simple interior but something touches you in the quiet and simplicity. Love this place
Written August 5, 2013
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Coastal56211120175
27 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This basilica was damaged by an earthquake in 2009. It has been repaired and returned to it's original state. I was told that the facade was somewhat protected by the scaffolding that was in place for restoration at the time. The pink and white marble facade is amazing. The vast size of the interior rivals some of the basilicas in Rome.
Written June 1, 2019
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Martin Nel
Bellville, South Africa416 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
This is a remarkable piece of history and historical basilica. The earthquake really took it's toll on the basilica. The positive side is that it is under construction and in the process of getting restored. The front facade of the basillica di Santa di Collemaggio is beautiful in its white and dark pink marble. Must see and do when in L Aquila.
Written June 29, 2016
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Before the cathedral here's some local magic to experience. I wish i could read L'Aquila blindfolded so as not to see the elevated motorways that surround and almost suffocate the city.

Remember the number '99.' No, not the agent Maxwell Smart kind, but for everything that this town commemorates.... its founders, rivers city wards, squares, churches and 99 peals of Reatinella bell, sounded after sunset to signal the closing of the city's four gates.

Get this, there are 99 spouts coming out of the 3rd century Fontana della 99 Cannelle, the city's best-known symbol and monument. Visitors cannot spend their entire time swooning by the waters of the spouts, so a visit to the basilica de Santamaria di collemaggio, built in 1287 is a must. The facade is magnificent, characterised stunningly by striated white& pink hewn stone and three 5th century portals. Its not only showy but is a Gothic- Romanesque masterpiece. There are artisanal masterpieces as well in the form of lace and ceramics of exceptional beauty.

The city is like a hollow surrounded by the mountains of the Gran Sasso which traces the crest of the Apennines. We have walked small sections and love the flora and fauna, as well as town centres like Amatrice with preserved artistic works from the 13th-16th centuries, Arququata de Tronto, a medieval village dominated by its fortress, while in Colle charcoal burning is still in use. What pollution, you say? Further afield, Campli is home to the Necropolis and Civitella del Tronto which has a superb fortress. Do make the track out to the pathway that crosses the fascinating Salinello Gorges. We loved it.
Written February 22, 2015
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Valterino
Lausanne, Switzerland320 contributions
Aug 2012 • Solo
Incredible architecture of this magnificent basilica. The outside part of the church looks like a jewel. The outer part of the church was not damaged during the 2009 earthquake and it's really worth seeing. Unfortunately the inside part is still full of scaffolding and it's still being rebuilt. Inside the church there is the tomb of Pope Celestino V "colui che fece per viltade il gran rifiuto", as Dante recites in Canto V of l'Inferno (Divine Comedy).
Written August 21, 2012
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marishantal
Limassol City, Cyprus14 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
One of the greatest gems of L'Aquila! Unique and non-repeatable in structure and treasures! Architectural marvel! Filigrane Crochet-made main rosette! Unfortunately was not able to see it inside as at that time it was still under restoration! But will go for sure on my next trip to L'Aquila! Strictly recommended!!!
Written August 11, 2017
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sergiobarbato
26 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
There is a place in l'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. Where you can find the great beauty and finally peace. This place in my opinion is very close to Him. This place is Santa Maria di Collemaggio.
Written September 2, 2016
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Enrico T
Forli, Italy72 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
I was born in L'Aquila, living in northern Italy. Every time I come back in my town, I need to spend few minutes walking in the grass in front of Collemaggio church, looking at the outstanding facade, in the typical Abruzzo Romanesque style. It's amazing the contrast of colors between the dark green lawn and the facade in the typical light shades of red.
Inside the church, the grave of the renowned Celestine V pope.
It contains the first Holy Door in the world and is home to a unique annual jubilee.
A must see, as well as the L'Aquila town, surrounded by the high Gran Sasso and Velino-Sirente mountains.
Written December 22, 2015
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Alberto C
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Jul 2015 • Couples
While reconstruction is still going on inside, the distinctive facade remains intact and somehow lovelier than ever. The long extensive front lawn than used to be full of locals and playing children lies unused and forlorn looking but resolutely green as it awaits happier days. The silent splendour of the whole area is a symbol of the beauty and strength of the ill-starred but resilient people of L'Aquila.
Written July 16, 2015
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Terry C
Vicenza87 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
We walked from Hotel San Michele to this beautiful church. The interior is massively supported by metal scaffolding. Part of the roof completely gone and is now covered by plexiglas. It will likely be years before it is rebuilt, like much of the town itself.
Written December 2, 2012
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