LOMBARDS ARCHITECTURE: SANTA SOFIA CHURCH 2013 MAXIMUM CARD

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Country: ITALY

Condition: LOMBARDS ARCHITECTURE: SANTA SOFIA CHURCH 2013 MAXIMUM CARD

Item Id #: 10665

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On 30 November 2013 Italy issued a 0.70 Euro postage stamp depicting the interior of the Church of Santa Sofia at Benevento – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in 758 AD, by Arechis II, the church is part of a series that is intimately linked to the history of the Lombards and their places of power. The church was dedicated to the Holy Wisdom of God. Arechis II ordered that the church be complemented by a Benedictine convent for women, entrusted to his sister, the abbess Gariperga.
Severely damaged twice by earthquakes (1688 and 1702) Santa Sofia was restored in 1705 when some significant changes to the architecture were made. In 1957, except for the Baroque facade, a consistent restoration to bring the church back to its original appearance was carried out.
Pavia was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards from 568 to 774 and it is quite strange that it has not been included in the UNESCO World Heritage programme related to the Lombards Places of Power.
According to UNESCO: “The Longobards in Italy, Places of Power, 568 – 774 A.D. comprises seven groups of important buildings (including fortresses, churches, and monasteries) throughout the Italian Peninsula. They testify to the high achievement of the Lombards, who migrated from northern Europe and developed their own specific culture in Italy where they ruled over vast territories in the 6th to 8th centuries. The Lombards synthesis of architectural styles marked the transition from Antiquity to the European Middle Ages, drawing on the heritage of Ancient Rome, Christian spirituality, Byzantine influence and Germanic northern Europe.” “The Lombard places of the power express remarkable new artistic and monumental forms, testifying to a Lombard culture characteristic of the European High Middle Ages. It takes the form of a clearly identifiable and unique cultural ensemble, the many languages and objectives of which express the power of the Lombard elite.”

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