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Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa, L'Aquila

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Admire the remarkable Abruzzese Romanesque and Gothic architecture at Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa. While parts of the 13th-century church were damaged during the 2009 earthquake, including the cupola, transept vaults, and triumphal arches that collapsed, the striking jewel-box facade remains intact. This site is the resting place of Pope Celestine V, who devised a penitential observation on the same grounds called the Papal Jubilee. During your visit, keep an eye out for the gilded central rose window and the 14th- and 15th-century frescoes. A visit to Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa represents just the start of the adventure when you use our L'Aquila trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • A major and very beautiful restoration in progress here following the 2009 earthquake. A once magnificent place it seems to be well on its away to returning to its former elegance 
    A major and very beautiful restoration in progress here following the 2009 earthquake. A once magnificent place it seems to be well on its away to returning to its former elegance  more »
  • This basilica was damaged by an earthquake in 2009. It has been repaired and returned to it's original state. I was told that the facade was somewhat protected by the scaffolding that was in place... 
    This basilica was damaged by an earthquake in 2009. It has been repaired and returned to it's original state. I was told that the facade was somewhat protected by the scaffolding that was in place...  more »
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  • Simpler than other basilicas, it is certainly worth a visit. A little out of the city center but reachable on foot in about fifteen minutes.
  • We visited it following the various life events of Pope Celestino which body is kept in this church (prison in Fumone, then Eremo in Sulmona and last this church) amazing rework after the earthquake 10 years ago.

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