The Church of San Michele Maggiore is in the heart of Pavia’s historic centre and is one of the oldest Romanesque churches in the city. The church is one of the best examples of Lombard-Romanesque style. Although located on the original site of a Lombard church, it was rebuilt in mid 12th century after an earthquake in 1117. For centuries it was here that kings were crowned from Berengario I to Henry II in 1004 but in the actual church only Frederick Barbarossa who was crowned in 1155. The gabled façade (typically Romanesque) was made using delicate sandstone and finished with faux arcading on the highest levels. Main characteristics of the interior include a gold crucifix, a christus triumphans (Christ triumphant) dating pre 12th century. The bell tower dates back to the 11th century whereas the original pyramid roof was replaced in 1825 with a corona for the bells.
Alla scoperta del territorio
Pavia, church of San Michele Maggiore
Arte, storia e cultura
Tempo libero e itinerari
Alla scoperta del territorio
I comuni paesi
Pavia, San Michele

Exploring the Area
Pavia | Pavese

Ponte Coperto Bridge
Church of San Michele Maggiore
Church of San Teodoro
The Regisole Statue
Cathedral of Pavia
Piazza della Vittoria
The Broletto
The Medieval Towers
Crypt of Sant’Eusebio
Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
Church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
The Visconteo Castle
The Mezzabarba Building
San Francesco Church
The University
Ghislieri College
Borromeo College
Cairoli College
The Fraschini Theatre

The Certosa of Pavia

Exploring the Area
Voghera | Oltrepò

The Duomo
The Visconteo Castle
Church of Santi Ilario e Giorgio

Castle of Oramala
Castle of Nazzano
Castle of Cigognola
Castle of Montalto Pavese
Castle of Montesegale
Castle of Zavattarello


Exploring the Area
Vigevano | Lomellina

Piazza Ducale
The Castle
The Cathedral

Castle of Scaldasole
Castle of Lomello
Castle of Cozzo
Castle of Sartirana
Castle of Frascarolo

Piazza Ducale di Vigevano