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The Covered Bridge of Pavia

The present bridge, suggestive symbol of Pavia, replaces the ancient Medieval bridge. The original monument, started in 1352 on the plan of Giovanni da Ferrara and Jacopo da Cozzo, over the ruins of a previous Roman bridge, had six piers and seven arches with different span. Its main feature was the roof covering, built by Galeazzo II Visconti after the capture of the city (1360).Scopri di più


Mezzabarba Palace

Considered one of the most significant examples of the Lombard Baroque, it was built on the project of the architect Giovanni A. Veneroni starting from 1726. Three floors raise over the road surface. Two symmetrical big portals open on the façade. The interior of Mezzabarba Palace has an elliptic plant. The building is now seat of the municipal hall. The interior grand staircase brings to the former dance hall, now used as council hall. Scopri di più


The Civic Museums of Pavia

Pre-eminently monumental place of the city, the Visconti Castle is seat of the Civic Museums, where, on three floors and a gross surface area of more than 8,000 m2, there are exhibition rooms and many related services.Scopri di più


The Castle of Pavia

It was built by Galeazzo II Visconti starting from 1360 and it ended in only five years. More than a military castle, it was a splendid and fine residence. This destination is underlined by the elegant terracotta windows with two and three lights and by the refined decorative taste of the courtyard. Scopri di più


The Broletto (Municipal Hall)

The communal period, started in the twelfth century after the dissolution of the empire, is well represented by the Broletto, the ancient municipal hall built in 1198. Tracks of the most ancient building are visible on the southern side of the interior courtyard.Scopri di più


The University of Pavia


In 825, the emperor Lotario with specifications issued in Corteolona reorganized the higher education in the Italic Kingdom and founded in Pavia a school, where young students of the major part of North Italy would be welcomed. The rhetoric school included law lessons for the education of notaries and palatine judges: indeed, Pavia was the seat of the royal court. Scopri di più


San Teodoro


The church of San Teodoro is placed on the south-western part of the city, on a natural terracing slopping down to the Ticino river. The building rises on the area called Porta Calcinara, formerly inhabited by fishermen, boatmen and dealers working along the river. Scopri di più

San Salvatore Facciata

San Salvatore


San Salvatore was an ancient and powerful monastery of Pavia. The historical sources date the foundation of the original core of the church in 657. Ariperto I constructed a lararium for his grave, dedicated to St Salvatore. Scopri di più


San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro


The church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro (in coelo aureo) is a basilica situated in Pavia, built in the Longobard period (eighth century) and after rebuilt in Romanic style (twelfth century). Consecrated by the pope Innocenzo II in 1132, the church boasts a high prestige and fame in the catholic world, because it contains, since over a millennium, the remains of St Augustine from Ippona. Scopri di più


San Michele Maggiore

The first church dedicated to St Michael Archangel was originally built on the place of the Royal Palace chapel in the Longobard period, thanks also to the monks of St Columbanus of Bobbio

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Santa Maria del Carmine


When the Carmelite order arrived in Pavia at the end of the thirteenth century, it had a first monastery outside the city walls, thanks to the help of the Franciscan order. However, in 1364, the lord of Milan Galeazzo II Visconti decided to extend his palace and so the monks moved away and came into possession of the church dedicated to St Faustino and St Giovita, situated instead of the present church of Carmine. Scopri di più


St Francis’s church of Pavia


The founding date of the church is unknown. However, it’s possible that in Pavia (like in Milan) the arrival of the Franciscan order happened at the end of the twenties of the thirteenth century: located at first outside the walls of the city, the friars founded a church in the city from the end of the following decade. Scopri di più


The Cathedral of Pavia

The history of the Cathedral started in August 1487, when people asked the cardinal Ascanio Sforza, the brother of the duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza called Moro, to build a new cathedral instead of the Medieval churches (fig.).

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The Certosa and its Museum

The monumental complex of the Certosa of Pavia was founded in 1396, by the will of the first duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti, to show the greatness and the prestige of the Visconti’s dukedom, taken by Gian Galeazzo to the higher territorial extension and political influence among the European Powers. Scopri di più