Things to see and do - Pavia
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Via Del Monumento 4
The Certosa di Pavia was founded in 1396 by Galeazzo Visconti. The essentially sober, elegant facade is literally covered in sculpture by the Mantagazza brothers and Amadeo, and is quite splendid! Inside, as well as the tomb of the founder, don't mis..
This attractive Romanesque church has a superb facade in pale sandstone, which is remarkable for the balance of its sculpted adornments. Inside are some interesting architectural elements especially a 15C fresco in the apse.
Museums and art
Viale XI Febbraio 35
An impressive brick construction, this castle was built by Galeazzo Visconti between 1360 and 1365. Originally a vast square plan, only the north wing survives. The huge inner courtyard has arcades and a loggia with twinned bays. The castle is home t..
Piazza del Duomo
The huge cathedral of Pavia is topped by one of the largest domes in Italy. Its construction began in 1488 and the inhabitants of Pavia will assure you without joking that Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the design of the plans. The adj..
Piazza San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
A rich doorway is characteristic of this Romanesque Lombard style church consecrated in 1132. In the chancel lies St Augustine (354-430), in a tomb by the maestri campionesi, those workers from the Lugano region and the Lombardy Lakes who played such..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
This former communal palace from the 12C commands a fine view over the chevet of the cathedral.
Via S. - Lanfranco Beccari 4
In those days geographic mobility were not just vain words: Lanfranc was born in Pavia, and died as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1098. Although he was buried in Kent, his memory is honoured in birthplace by a cenotaph from the end of the 15C, created ..