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    San Michele

    by Vishuddha Written Aug 6, 2008
    Facade of San Michele

    The very Romanesque style architecture with small windows and arch vault. Built in the early XII century.
    The buildings in Pavia at that time were mostly built with bricks. San Michele is an exception. Its exterior is entirely stone.

    Please have time to enter the church and look up the cross on the facade from the back. Following the light coming from the cross and reflecting on the floor, you will see what people in the middle age were looking at... the cross of the light.

    And the decoration of the facade and interior are MUST. I wonder why they look like some from India or Eastern culture, and some from Celt. It's interesting.

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    Certosa di Pavia

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The Certosa di Pavia is one of the most important monastery complex of Lombardy. It is located about 8 Km north of the downtown of Pavia. It was built from 1396 and you can find many masterpieces of arts.

    More information on my Certosa di Pavia page.

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    San Michele Maggiore

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The church of San Michele Maggiore is the most important Medieval religious building of the town. It is a masterpiece of the Romanesque Lombardo with many testimonies of the time in which Pavia was the capital of the Lombards Reign. The church was built in the 9th century and it was made in sandstone. In this church Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, became emperor.

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    Castello Visconteo

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The castle of Pavia was built in 1360 by Galeazzo II Visconti. In the past it had got a very wide park that arrived to the Certosa di Pavia. In the castle there is the Pinacoteca Malaspina.

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    Santa Maria del Carmine

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The church of Santa Maria del Carmine is a wonderful example of North Italian gothic made with red bricks. It was built in 1273 and it is the second biggest church of the town after the Duomo. The interior has got three naves.

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    Medieval Towers

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    Pavia was known as the town of 1000 towers. Today you can see only three of them. They are very high and thiner than the ones of San Gimignano.
    In the town there are some other tower but they are small because after the death of the owner they were cut!!

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    University

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The university of Pavia was founded in 1361 by Galeazzo II. The buildings of the university was built by Ludovico il Moro in 1490. In the library there are some ashes of Cristoforo Colombo who studied in Pavia.
    In this place Alessandro Volta made some elettricity experiments.

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    Ponte coperto

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The covered bridge of Pavia is one of the bridges over the Ticino River. The Ponte Coperto was built between 1351 and 1354. It was destroyed during the second world war, and what you see now is a copy of the original one built in 1950.

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    Duomo

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The Duomo is most important church of Pavia. The work for its construction began in 1488, and the structure was incomplete until 1898, when the facade and the cupola was finished on the original designer made by Giovanni Antonio Amedeo. The central cupola is 97 meters high and it it the third biggest cupola of Italy.
    The interior is under restoration today.

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    How many churches are there in Pavia?

    by satara Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    I tried to count them - there're more than 7 definitely! And all are built in longobardo style with "quadratic" cross on the top of the entrance.
    In one of them, the basicilica of San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro you can find the rests of Saint Augustin.

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    Certosa di Pavia

    by satara Written Apr 6, 2006

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    do you know what means "lavoro certosino"? A very carefully and with big attention done work. Like the work of monks who lived in the monastery of Certosa di Pavia.
    It's some km north to Pavia on the way to Milan. Really worth visiting.

    Entrance and guided tours are free.

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    Castello Visconteo

    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    castle of Visconti in Pavia

    A nice castle remembering the duke Visconti period in Pavia. There are some permanent exhibitions there and time to time they make some temporary exhibitions of photography and various visual arts in the old stables of the castle.

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    La lavandaia

    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    monument to lavandaia in Pavia

    That's a monument on the another bank of Ticino river for all the women who used to wash the clothes on the river at the beginning of this century (or maybe even earlier). If you're lucky to be followed by some local Pavese who understands the old Pavese dialect, maybe you will get a translation of the poem written on the monument.

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    Ticino river

    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    river Ticino in Pavia

    Some distance south to Pavia the river Ticino meets the biggest Italian river Po. It's quite powerful during the spring and quite dry during the summer. It's not possible to swim but you can enjoy the little trip with the boat.

    Just one question - if the water of river is quite polluted, what do they do with the fish they catch?

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    University courtyards

    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    bikes in university of Pavia

    The university is a beautiful old building with internal courtyards, stairs, magnolia trees, monuments for famous Pavia and Italy people and.... a paradise for bikes as most of the students use the bike to move around in the town.

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