Basilica di San Salvatore

Basilica di San Salvatore, Spoleto

Basilica di San Salvatore
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0101TravelBug0101
Boonsboro, MD102 contributions
Closed for Restoration
Jun 2018 • Solo
Perhaps it's unfair to rate a place that is closed, but I thought it was important for TripAdvisor's rankings to better reflect that this is not currently a "top pick" for what to see in Spoleto since you can't enter. The cemetery outside the church is indeed lovely, as others have noted.
Written 6 June 2018
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia11,950 contributions
Only a peek inside is allowed
May 2018 • Couples
We have been fortunate in the past to be able to fully wander around inside Basilica di San Salvatore but this April when we visited only a peek inside was allowed. Due to earthquakes in the region in recent years there is some structural damage, for the public's safety the entrance was guarded, we could only step inside a metre or so to view the interior. Basilica di San Salvatore is said to date back to the late 4th century and built in the style of a pagan temple. It is located just outside Spoleto city walls and stands high on the hill overlooking a well visited local cemetery, worth visiting.
Written 5 June 2018
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia20,968 contributions
Hidden UNESCO attraction.
Feb 2017 • Family
Usually, if any UNESCO site exists in the city, tourists will know about it immediately at the station. The signs will show us how to get to this attraction. Everything is different in Spoleto. We'd realize about it, if we don't read about it before. Why? The Church of San Salvatore is closed and the city authorities probably decided not to bring the tourists to frustration. It is really very modest. The reason of closure is recent earthquake as I understood from the sheet on the wall.The Church was built before the ninth century. The place was not chosen accidentally. Concordius, a Martyr of the era of Marcus Aurelius, according to legend was buried here. The Christians built a Church, presumably in the III-IV centuries. What we see is the result of the reconstruction of the Church by the Longobards- cruel barbarians, who conquered Italy for a while, and then they fend off subsequent invaders. The art of the Longobards is austere, almost primitive. The only thing that decorates it is the Roman fragments. What we don't see inside? There`re not frescoes inside. Only the Roman columns, which the Lombards used as architectural elements. I think we can survive without it. The facade is the original. VIII century. Fans can visit the town cemetery nearby. It is designed in 1837 by Ireneo Aleandri. It's certainly not Stalieno, but Spoleto's not Genoa.
Written 9 January 2018
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,340 contributions
Basilica di San Salvatore
Sep 2017 • Couples
We took the walk up to Basilica di San Salvatore and walked the grounds. It is a beautiful structure. It is the oldest church in Spoleto. The doors and windows are very ornate and historic.
Written 10 October 2017
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Alexsandra M
Turin, Italy51 contributions
History
Aug 2016
This is history brought to life. According to nowadays standards it is sort of bare but when time and conditions are taken into account it makes a Lot of sense. Well worth a visit.
Written 10 August 2016
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bunnyjlb
Jerusalem, Israel124 contributions
DO NOT MISS!!
Jul 2016 • Couples
Spoleto is an enchanting walled city full of attractions within the walls -- but do NOT miss the highly important (and UNESCO designated World Heritage site) outside the walls. Thankfully, almost nothing was done to "improve" the church over the centuries and it is possible to appreciate the austere simplicity of its architecture. Don't miss the nearby St. Ponziano (which was ruined by later "improvements") whose crypt is AMAZING!
Written 31 July 2016
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia11,950 contributions
UNESCO listed early Christian building.
Mar 2016 • Couples
Basilica di San Salvatore, located just outside Spoleto city walls, is an interesting early Christian building which overlooks a large cemetery. The building dates from the late IV century, the architectural design is said to be built in the style of a pagan temple. From the information board inside the Basilica it says that the Basilica was mentioned in documents in 815, probably dedicated to the Spoleto martyr Concordio and that it was a place of worship for the Longobards of Italy.

Looking around the interior there is quite a lot of building materials which have been reused in its construction. It certainly is a remarkable building knowing that portions have been here since the late IV century.
Written 28 May 2016
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Bret L
Charleston, SC45 contributions
A gem beyond measure.
Jun 2015
The Basilica di San Salvatore, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a humbling and awe-inspiring work of art, a quiet and reverential structure that holds within it a sense of what the earliest Christian sanctuaries were like. There are here Roman temple architectural influences and frescoes of the saints alike, and one can feel in the juxtaposition of art and architecture what it must have been like to be a Christian trying to come out from under the influence of the prevailing pagan culture. One fresco, of a cross adorned with jewels, reveals the worldly attempt to render the spiritual realm and the priceless gift of redemption the cross truly is. This magnificent place of worship is free, and though we’ve been here twice, we’ve only seen two or three others while there. Humbling, beautiful, quiet.
Written 27 February 2016
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mbyggeth
Karlskrona, Sweden315 contributions
Interesting combination of styles.
Aug 2015 • Couples
A bit difficult to access outside Spoleto and hidden behind the cemetary lies this nice church with an interesting combination of architectural styles. The view of Spoleto and the fortress is very nice from the adjacent olive plantageon.
Written 1 September 2015
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Embrace_Life_Now
Toronto, Canada237 contributions
Historic gem with a fascinating cemetary
May 2015 • Couples
The Basilica of San Salvatore is just a 6-minute walk from the bottom of the set of escalators that lead down from Spoleto's Duomo and Ponzianina areas. Considered to be one of Italy's oldest churches, it was built using Roman salvaged remains. This is apparent when you view the inside because there is not the usual continuity with its architecture and decorative elements. It is rather simple inside yet it's a stunning example of early Christian thinking. Located below the basilica is a lovely cemetery whose tombs and gravestones are art in themselves. Take time to meander through the rows of tombs adoringly embellished with fresh flowers, statues, and photographs of the deceased. From here you can also catch some nice views of Spoleto's hilltop to the southwest. The church is free to enter and during the high season it is open late.
Written 17 May 2015
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