The oldest place of worship in Sanremo
The spiritual heart of Sanremo beats in San Siro Cathedral, also called Insigne Basilica Collegiata, the oldest place of worship in the City of Flowers. The building in the square of the same name dates to the 12th century and was built on what remained of a small early Christian church.
What will strike you first is the façade, with its imposing splayed ogival portal and large rose window. Adding to the whole are small blind arches and decorative marble elements meant to keep evil at bay. The interior is divided into three naves by monumental columns and pillars surmounted by pointed arches. The simplicity of the decoration and general sober solemnity of the church are reminiscent of Romanesque style, with Gothic influences evident particularly in the pointed arches and capitals. Of special interest is the black crucifix kept in the right nave, the work of an unknown artist from the 15th century.
Next to the main building stands the bell tower, whose base dates to the 13th century but partially damaged and rebuilt after World War II.