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“Amazing Medieval church”

Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing church on the island San Giulio in Lake Orta. Visited after a mass. Pulpit caved in 12th century. Frescos from middle ages well preserved and plentiful. Plain building from the outside but fantastic interior. A must see.
Ferries every 15 minutes for €4.5 return

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank drichia
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"beautiful church"
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"small gem"
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"boat ride"
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"ten minutes"
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"small church"
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"small island"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

When we visited the church was illuminated and it was very interesting to wander around looking at the ancient frescoes and the statues.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lakegirl48
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

I don't understand the gushing reviews.

There's one street with the convent walls on one side and houses on the other. Boring walk, despite the signs about silence and meditation.

The church is nothing special other than the pulpit. The crypt is just another saint in a glass box - something you can see all over Italy, often paraded through the streets every year.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank PainDoc5653
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Tradition says that this was the hundredth and last church founded by Julius of Nicaragua and his brother Giuliano and that in 390 the saint reached the island and killed the dragons that allowed the first church to be built on the island. The modern church was constructed in the 12th century and inside remains a precious Romanesque ambon sculpted in green serpentine marble. You enter the basilica through a portal and stairway reached from the boat jetty. On the walls are many frescoes. You are supposed to be silent, but there is so much noise that you rush through the basilica.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Steve S
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is a small church, but WOW! So much in a little area. You need to take a boat ride out there which is fun by itself. And you can walk around the monastery which is quaint, but the church is worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank goneinaheartbeat
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