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04 September 2009

Cattedrale San Martino, Lucca, Italy

Architect: Guido Bigarelli Construction of the Romanesque Cathedral of St Martin in Lucca, Italy, was begun in 1063 by Bishop Anselm, later Pope Alexander II. Of this structure, the great apse with its...

04 September 2009

1436 – Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

Architect: Arnolfo di Cambio, Filippo Brunelleschi The new church was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296 (although the design was altered several times and later reduced in size). Arnolfo di Cambio was...

04 September 2009

1442 – Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence, Italy

Architect: Arnolfo di Cambio The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and was constructed between 1295 and 1443 on the site of...

04 September 2009

1207 – San Miniato, Florence, Italy

Construction on this church, one of the finest examples of pure Florentine Romanesque architecture, first started in 1018, thanks to Bishop Ildebrando, and continued until 1207. The facade was carried out in white...

04 September 2009

1888 – Mausoleo Bela Rosin, Turin, Italy

Architect: Angelo Demezzi Bela (beautiful) Rosin’s mausoleum, the last resting-place of Rosa Vercellana, Vittorio Emanuele II’s morganatic wife, is a neoclassical mausoleum, iwith a circular plan of 16 metres diameter, and as much...

04 September 2009

1830s – Gran Madre di Dio, Turin, Italy

Architect: Ferdinando Bonsignore Legend has it that the Holy Grail lies buried beneath this neoclassical church. Commissioned in the 1830’s to celebrate the return of Vittorio Emanuele I after the Congress of Vienna,...

04 September 2009

1731 – Basilica di Superga, Turin, Italy

Architect: Filippo Juvarra On September 2 1706, Princes Vittorio Amedeo II and Eugenio of Savoy climbed the high hill to observe the position of the Franco-Spanish army that had been besieging the town...

04 September 2009

Castello Valentino, Turin, Italy

The Castle of Valentino is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997. It is currently the site of the...

04 September 2009

1877 – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Architect: Giuseppe Mengoni Two intersecting streets make a cruciform plan with domed octagon at center. Glass-roofed arcade with shops and cafes – an early formal covered street. The street is covered over by...