Church of S. Pietro, Portovenere
Doria Castle or Fortress was built in somewhere between the 12th and 17th centuries. Climbing through the narrow streets to the ancient castle is quite a hike, but the effort is worthwhile. The road is rough and steep in places but the views are incredible.
The site of San Pietro is not only exceptionally beautiful but it is also interesting from the historical point of view. In pagan times there was a temple of goddess Venus here, from which the name Portus Veneris comes. Later it was converted into a Christian church and in 1256 the Gothic church of San Pietro was built here.
The facade, as well as the interior of the church are decorated by the horizontal stripes of black and white. The church is made up of two buildings: the older Romanesque and the Gothic one. The newer Gothic part is considered to be one of the best examples of the Gothic-Genoese architecture in Liguria.
The views seen from the old arched loggia are breathtaking. The rocks, the Gulf of Poets and the Byron's cave would imprint in my memory even if I hadn't taken so many photos of them.
No wonder this site is a favourite place for wedding ceremonies.
San Pietro Church originated as an early Christian building made of black marble dating from the 6th century. In the 13th century it was extended with a Gothic style addition, with bands of black and white stone, and bell tower. Around the church is a Romanesque loggetta with arches framing the coastline. The church is surrounded by fortifications. There are fantastic views of the church from the path leading up to the castle.
After some weeks of seeing enormous, extra-ornamented churches, like the basilica di San Pietro and the Duomo in Firenze, this little church seemed way too cute.
It's simple and apparently there's nothing special about it; but the way it stands on the rocks and the beautiful sea that surrounds it makes it unique.
This is a very interesting church that is at the entrance to the harbor - you can walk to it from old town but it is a bit of uphill towards the end. It is very interesting to see the church from water level as well as visit it. The views from this point are spectacular.
The small church on top of the hill is called San Pietro, it is a lovely small church and give you a wonderful view over the sea.
The portal dates from the 6th century, the gothic part of the church dates from the 13th century.
Portovenere is dominated by a beautiful church built on a fortification on top of a cliff overlooking the blue sea.
This church is named S. Pietro and some say it was built on a pagan site dedicated to Venus Erycina, from which derives the name of the village Portus Veneris (to the actual Portovenere). The actual church was built by the Genoese to thank the Portovenere people, in a “new” style known as Gothic-Genoese.
From up that cliff you enjoy a breathtaking view over the sea.
This beautiful old church stands high atop the cliff at the very edge of the ocean. Outside the church walls, is a memorial dedicated to the poet Lord Byron who is said to have swum from this exact spot, around to the Cinque Terre. The waves are extremely wild, and we thought to ourselves that only a madman would attempt a swim in these conditions! :)
The archways surrounding the church are spectacular - please be sure to have a look at our travellogue of this church as some of the photos turned out to be just stunning.
The gothic church of St. Pietro with its black and white front at the end of the promontory.
Delightful view over the sea. At the foot of the promontory is Byrom's Grotto - said to be where the poet took refuge during his stays in the area.
You can find this impresive San Pietro church at the end of peninsula. It stands directly on a rock, the cliff of the Ligurian Sea.
According to some archaeologists, during pagan times the site used to be a temple to Venus Erycina (From which the name Portus Veneris derives). The temple was then transformed during the first years of Christianity into a Christian temple. In 1256 ad. The Genoese built the church of S. Pietro over the early Christian temple, to thank the inhabitants of Porto Venere for their help in taking Lerici castle. They followed a new style known as gothic-genoese.
Look at the walls of the San Pietro church - don't they look interesting?
To discover the origins of the church you have to go back in time. The church was built in 1277 on the foundations of a pre-existent pagan temple of the sixth century, stands on a natural promontory, a sheer drop to see: the rocks and the blue of sea and sky blends in a scenery of extraordinary and rare beauty.
and don't miss to reach the top of the stairs of San Pietro church with a stop inside the small church, if its choreographic main door with metal figures in relief is open...
The black and white stripes of this cathedral are quite unusual, reminded a bit of the large one at Siena.