Church of S. Pietro, Portovenere

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    Climb high

    by Agraichen Updated Mar 18, 2014
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    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.

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    San Pietro church

    by magor65 Written Jan 22, 2012

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    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.

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    San Pietro Church

    by MikeAtSea Written Jun 9, 2009

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    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.

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    by rita_simoes Written Sep 15, 2007

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    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.

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    Visit the S. Pietro Church

    by kathymof Updated Aug 9, 2007

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    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.

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    Church of St. Pietro

    by MATIM Written Feb 13, 2005

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    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.

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    Church of San Pietro

    by micas_pt Written Dec 14, 2004

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    San Pietro church

    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.

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    Chiesa San Pietro

    by timtrina Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Imi at the base of San Pietro

    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.

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    St Pietro

    by sandysmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    At the end of peninsula

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    SAN  PIETRO  CHURCH

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    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.
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    Walls of the church

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    WALLS  OF  THE  SAN  PIETRO  CHURCH

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    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.
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    up...

    by pollon Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    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...

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    St Pietro

    by sandysmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    St Pietro

    The black and white stripes of this cathedral are quite unusual, reminded a bit of the large one at Siena.

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