Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:03

Parish Church of Sant'Ambrogio at Bazzano

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Bazzano is a small Apennine village of the commune of Neviano degli Arduini, where the parish church dedicated to Sant’Ambrogio is found. The church was founded in the 6
th century, and was mentioned for the first time in a document of 920. It was first referred to as a parish in 1004, when its Romanesque reconstruction was begun. The church had a notable role, particularly in 1230, when it assumed total jurisdiction over seven other chapels. During the 12th century, it was probably three-aisled, with a traditional orientation of the apse in the east, later changed to its present form during the reconstructions of the 16th and 17th centuries. It has been noted that despite the numerous radical transformations beginning in the 16th century, the original Romanesque plan of the 11th century is still visible under the Renaissance additions. However, since the church was not subject to the usual restoration campaigns of the 19th and early-20th centuries, one has to look a bit harder to decipher those Romanesque forms. Restorations carried out between 2001-2003 resolved the building’s grave structural issues.

Recent excavations have revealed that the apses of the church were originally in the east where the façade is today. In the second half of the 17
th century the orientation of the church was inverted. The ancient stone baptismal font is the principle element that attests to the building’s antiquity, octagonal on the exterior, a truncated cone on the inside. It is among the most precious remains of the Romanesque in Parma.



Additional Info

  • Address: SP99 43020 Neviano Degli Arduini PR
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  • Phone: +39 0521.843364
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    La chiesa è aperta la domenica e nei giorni festivi da giugno a settembre dalle 9.00 alle 12.00, mentre negli altri giorni è visitabile solo su prenotazione. L'ingresso è gratuito.

  • Guided Tour: Per visite guidate contattare l'associazione Rabisch (Tel: +39 338 6357868 - Si offrono visite per gruppi di studenti, adulti e disabili. Guide disponibili in lingue straniere.
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