Villa Basilica

In the historic centre of Villa Basilica (4 km from Pescia) there is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta built of greyish-green sandstone, dating to the 12th century,it’s home to a crucifix from the 13th century attributed to Berlinghiero Berlinghieri. The decorations found both inside and the outside the church are quite interesting. The architrave and the arch of the main entrance are made of white limestone. The building preserves its XII century structure with a single apse and three aisles divided by a double series of seven columns with sculpted capitals showing animals and floral designs. The crypt under the presbytery shows at least two phases of construction, the first of which occurred prior to the XII century. In the XII-XIII centuries, a bell tower was built on the south-west corner of the building.

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