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Chiesa di Santa Sofia

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Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 82100 Benevento, Italy
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Early Lombard Church

A unique church that preserves aspects of its ancient Lombard birth. It is a shame that so little of the Lombard frescoes have survived, because the fragments that do exhibit... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2016
durham, NC USA
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durham, NC USA
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

A unique church that preserves aspects of its ancient Lombard birth. It is a shame that so little of the Lombard frescoes have survived, because the fragments that do exhibit excellent artistic quality. They are both moving, and incredibly rare. The carvings over the door are also wonderful. Make time to go if you are in Benevento.

Thank calumthemighty
Armidale, Australia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

This church is small and absolutely delightful. There is a strong feeling of community use and caring here. A church in the round and unlike any other sectors old church I have visited.

Thank traveller2576
Milan, Italy
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147 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I always visit Santa Sofia when I go to Benevento ... it oozes pure early Christian spirit. Indeed it was founded by Arechis II of Benevento, a Lombard, around 760 and has managed to conserve a strange purity of spirit (I don't know how else to describe it) inpite of the various restorations through the ages. A tiny jewel left... More 

Thank frances_anderson
Benevento, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife and I got married there, so you can imagine I could be bias. It's just a great experience since the first moment you step in. Try and visit it, then you'll tell me :-)

Thank Raffaele P
Montreal, Canada
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79 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Was not open when we walked by. The town appears to close down in the middle of the day but not for the normal European lunch break but for the bulk of the day.

Thank laura S
Naples, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

If you are in Benevento or in its proximity you must make a stop to see this unique church. Italy is full of churches and cathedrals and basilicas but this small, simple church holds a true and fascinating charm and it is different from most.

1 Thank StellaB70
Peacham, Vermont
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015

If you like to visit old churches and compare various designs then you should visit this one. It has an interesting design which reflects a deviation from other earlier churches. If you in town, it is worth a look.

Thank Sterg L
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2014

There are no baroque paintings or elaborate artwork that one associates with Catholic churches. It is more like a Presbyterian church.

Thank Zeus I
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2014

An ancient, small church; most important remaining parts of church are doorway and grounds. Easy to see this and all other sites in Benevento in one afternoon.

Thank Kai S
Bridgeport ct
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The Church of S.Sofia is wonderfully preserved with partial mosaics still visible-It is located in the center of the city in a wonderful piazza near a large anient tower and the museum that contain wonderful paintings,sculptures and ancient objects-- It is very popular for weddings

1 Thank Jocat1944

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