Minor Basilica of the Saints Medici

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Piazza Curri, Alberobello, Italy
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Minor Basilica of the Saints Medici Alberobello Reviews

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a few minutes of your time is worth it Jul 03, 2017
Before the trip, I did not know about this basilica in Alberobello, but on our first morning, while we were heading to explore the famous Trulli in town, the neoclassical façade of a basilica came out as a sudden surprise. Later, we found out it is called the Basilica of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Medici.

The cathedral is imposing but very classic and straightforward in its architectural design. The two bell towers with one a watch and the other a sundial are beautiful and eye-catching. Limestone sculptures depicting Saint Peter and Paul graces the façade.

For its grandeur and beauty, I must say it is worth it the time to explore the interior as well-- church architecture enthusiast or not.

Inside, the works of famous Italian religious artists and painters are feasts to the eyes especially to those who are familiar with the artists. More than its physical beauty, I think it is even pleasant that the door is open as if inviting each person to come in and have some moments of solitude. We didn’t even have to pay a fee to get inside unlike most cathedrals in Europe.

This religious venue built on a ruined of a 17th-century church has undergone numerous remakes and renovations. It solely dedicated to the Saints Cosma and Damiano physicians in Syria, who became medical patrons, then martyred under the empire of Diocletian. In 1938 this place of worship was elevated to the Shrine, and in 2000 it was named the Minor Basilica.

Few points of interest to notice:

The limestone façade marked by pilasters and columns with a protruding pedestal.

The two bells ideally connected by a balustrade, give that sense of verticality even more accentuated by the piercing upwards.

The two bell towers, one of which houses the sundial and the other the clock, reproduce the central part of the façade staircase, but they also appear on the famous lines of the Trulli.

At the end of the pediment, are placed the statues of St. Peter on the right and Saint Paul on the left.

At the top, under the vestibule at the front, on the arch, a bas-relief depicting Jesus Christ between Mary, St. John, St. Peter, St. Paul, and the Saints Medici. These are works by a famous artist named Alfonso Rollo.

Interestingly, I’ve read that the niche on the left interior side is the wooden statues of the two doctors and their precious relics: an arm of San Cosma and the skull of San Damiano. Unfortunately, I did not notice these said bones.
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cotton_foam says:
Interesting!!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2017
Zagnut66 says:
Cosimo de' Medici, the founder of the Medici dynasty, was named after Saint Cosmas.
Posted on: Sep 16, 2017
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