Thursday, December 3, 2015

Brescia - Italy

The other UNESCO site that Óscar visited in northern Italy was Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568–774 A.D.), which is the official name given by UNESCO to seven groups of historic buildings that reflect the achievements of the Germanic tribe of the Lombards (also referred to as Longobards) who settled in Italy during the 6th century and established a Lombard Kingdom which ended in 774 A.D.
The groups comprise monasteries, church buildings and fortresses and became UNESCO World Heritage Sites in June 2011 as they testify "to the Lombards' major role in the spiritual and cultural development of Medieval European Christianity". - in: wikipedia

The monumental archaeological area of the Roman forum and the monastic complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia in Brescia is one of the groups classified. 

Fotostudio Rapuzzi
Capitolium was the most important temple of the ancient Brixia, dedicated to the cult of the Capitoline Triad. It was built in 73 AD and consists of three cellae that have preserved much of the original polychrome marble floors,[18] while their interior walls are decorated by ancient Roman epigraphs placed here in the 19th century. In front of them, there are the remains of the portico, composed of Corinthian columns that support a pediment containing a dedication to the Emperor Vespasian. Almost entirely buried by a landslide of the Cidneo Hill, it was rediscovered in 1823 through various archaeological campaigns. During excavation in 1826, a splendid bronze statue of a winged Victory was found inside it, likely hidden in late antiquity to preserve it from one of the various lootings that the town had to endure in those times. Since the spring of 2013, after a new archaeological restoration, it has opened again to the public. - in: wikipedia

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