San Salvatore in Spoleto, a Lombard wonder
The church of San Salvatore, in Spoleto, is one of the most interesting examples of Lombard architecture in Italy.
It is part of the serial site “Lombards in Italy: places of power (568-774)”, which includes seven locations that host works of art of the Lombard period, which UNESCO included in 2011 in its World Heritage List.
In the Middle Ages, “Langobardia minor” included the duchies of Spoleto and Benevento; these central and southern possessions, along with those scattered in northern Italy – “Langobardia maior”, where Pavia was capital of the kingdom – constituted the territories occupied by the German population since 568.
Lombard architecture in Italy mainly graces religious buildings – baptisteries, temples and churches – built after Lombards converted to Catholicism, at the time of their arrival in the peninsula.
They skillfully assimilated ancient forms, and the church of San Salvatore in Spoleto – whose early Christian structure dated back to the 4th century, but was consistently renewed by the Lombards starting in the 8th – is a beautiful example of local craftsmen’s skill in assembling materials taken from Roman buildings in the area in perfect harmony.
Here, past and present have been mingling for over a millennium.
Open for visits: every day from 9.30 am to 12.30 am, and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.