A Romanesque church in Como
The Basilica of Sant'Abbondio in Como was built on a previous 5th-century early Christian church dedicated to the Saints Peter and Paul. According to tradition, it was built by Amanzio, the third bishop of Como and predecessor of Abbondio, who had brought some relics of the two saints from Rome.
Today the church stands outside the centre of Como, but at the time of its construction it was placed in a strategic position on the ancient Via Regina, which connected Milan to northern Europe. The basilica was dedicated to Saint Abbondio in 818, and in 1013 it was entrusted to Benedictine monks who rebuilt the church in Romanesque style.
Its portals and windows are decorated with geometric, floral or animal figures and the five naves are separated by columns. Twin bell towers stand on either side of the church and the relics of the patron saint are conserved under the altar.
Admire the Romanesque bas-reliefs and the 14th-century fresco cycle. They depict the Annunciation, the Doctors of the Church, a Blessing Christ, various episodes from the life of Jesus, the Crucifixion, the Apostles and the Evangelists. Raise your eyes and admire the vault of the choir: the starry sky crafted from lapis lazuli dust will leave you speechless.