Ecclesia creditur esse antiquissima. La pieve di Santa Maria e il territorio di Piadena tra Alto e Basso Medioevo


Author: Marco Baioni, Mariella Morandi
Year of printing: 2023
ISBN: 9788899547820

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In 1747 a sudden collapse put an end to the history of the ancient church of Santa Maria a Piadena, leaving only the presbytery and the façade standing. After a short period of use of the damaged building, it was demolished and in its place the urban space that now constitutes Piazza Garibaldi was created. Only the northern wall was partially preserved as the convent cloister rested on it and now, much remodelled, it serves as the facade of the architectural complex. The following year, construction began on the parish church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Pammachio, a completely new construction also in its north-south orientation, for which however the ancient bell tower was reused with subsequent modifications. The archaeological excavations carried out in 2008 on the occasion of the reconstruction of the square, which continued in the cloister between 2015 and 2016, constituted an indispensable opportunity to investigate the characteristics of the ancient structure, which in the meantime had fallen into oblivion among most, if not as far as it was possible to obtain from the study of archival sources. But the investigations immediately yielded a surprise: under the foundations of the church of Santa Maria, the remains of a previous ecclesiastical building, smaller and with different characteristics, came to light. This volume, created to present the results of these excavations, has been enriched with contributions, since the numerous references to history, to the history of art, to the ecclesiastical history of the Cremonese territory and to archaeology, all resulting from the study of the structures that emerged, they broadened the discussion in various directions. The result is a work that aims to contribute to the reconstruction of a framework of our knowledge on the eastern Cremonese territory between the high and late Middle Ages.

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Weight :0,800 kg
Dimensions:27,5x24x1 cm


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