The sober beauty of the Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul in Agliate

Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, Agliate, Carate Brianza, Monza - Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Agliate, in Brianza (Lombardy), is home to a humble Romanesque church dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, built with columns, capitals and bases taken from some older Roman buildings.

According to tradition, we owe this 9th-century building of sober beauty to Milan’s Archbishop Anspert.

Sobriety and humility are the beauty of this Basilica, whose interior – three naves and a raised altar – was once richly decorated with frescoes.

Today, only few traces of those precious, 11th-century decorations remain: the “Christ the Judge” in the barrel vault of the presbytery, the “Creation of Adam and Eve” on the north wall of the nave – on whose bottom part are the “Annunciation”, “Visitation” and “Nativity”.

Even the coeval, enneagonal baptistery has traces of historical paintings: the “Call of the First Two Apostles”, the “Deposition”, and some angels that bear witness to a now-lost “Baptism of Christ”.

Everything here is simple, and beautiful.

July 26, 2016

The sober beauty of the Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul in Agliate

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