Italy Basilica dei Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano

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Sue Wolfe

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This is an active church so please dress accordingly--shoulders should be covered.

About this spot
Next to the Due Torri is the Basilica di San Bartolomeo. A church, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, has been standing in this location since the days of St. Petronius. The current version was a restructuring of the church built in the 13th century. In 1627, the building was enlarged and reorientated to face Strada Maggiore. The portico is the “original” passageway.

The church is divided into three naves in the shape of a Latin cross with eight side chapels. Look for the “Annunciation” by Francesco Albani in the fourth chapel on the south side and the small “Madonna with Child” in the north transept. Works from various artists including Colonna, Giuseppe, Rolli and Baldi, decorate the interior.

The bell tower has four large bells. The bells were saved from WWII requisition when the Parish priest drove away the Nazis who were confiscating bells from all over Europe. Between 1939 and 1945, Germany plundered some 175,000 bells for their ammunition industry. In the bell cemeteries these cultural treasures were sorted into four groups. “A” bells were less than 90 years old and were the first to be destroyed. “B” and “C” bells followed. “D” bells were those cast before 1740 and were treated as art and preserved. In 1947, the Allied Forces set up a committee to safeguard the remaining bells and coordinate their return home.

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