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  aquileia basilica & campanile
by hundwalder

The basilica and its campanile are the centerpieces of the now small city of Aquileia. Construction of the basilica commenced about 1650 years ago while Constantine ruled over the Roman empire, and the Christians were allowed to arise from the underground and to openly practice their religion. The campanile was completed about 1100 years later. ( This was a fast track project compared to Louisiana Highway Department projects. )

Directly in front of the campanile you will notice atop a high pedastal a statue of a she wolf nursing the infants Romulus and Remus.

Touring the interior of this most beautiful basilica laden with art works from the early days of Christianity is an experience you will never forget. Behind the campanile is a cemetary and memorial for the many citizens of this small town who died in WWI. As you visit the memorial you can reflect on the senseless events that led to Europe's most devastating modern chain of atrocities and tragedies.

Address: Very center of Aquileia
Directions: See my other basilica tip.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2006
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