San Lorenzo Church Portovenere

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The San Lorenzo Church Portovenere, was built between 1118 and 1130 by the Genoeses, after purchasing Portovenere. It was erected on the rocky hills at the center of Portovenere as the official cathedral of the colony. The church is such a significant part of the Portovenere's landscape and is definately worth a visit.


Golfo dei Poeti San Lorenzo Church Portovenere, Liguria Pictures View of Portovenere and San Lorenzo Church overlooking the town


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It was masterfully done in a Romanic style by the famous Magistri Antelami , who came from the Valley of Antelamo, on the Maggiore Lake. During the centuries the church and its Romanesque facade was structurally modified several times because of the historical vicissitudes of Portovenere.


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Golfo dei Poeti San Lorenzo Church Facade Portovenere, Liguria PicturesSan Lorenzo Church - its facade and small courtyard where you can sit down under the shade of the trees and take a well deserved break from sightseeing 




Golfo dei Poeti San Lorenzo Church Portovenere relief, Liguria Pictures Just above the entrance of the church, you can see the high-relief of the saint


The church was consecrated in 1130 by Pope Innocence II. And inside it, today we find several great works of art : a 15th –century triptych, the St. Martin Polyptych, the Lebanon cedar trunk which came to the waters of Portovenere in 1204 and in whose hollow inside were found some reliques and four caskets stories in accordance with decorative schemes of 11th-century Arab-Persian art.

Golfo dei Poeti San Lorenzo Church Sundial Portovenere, Liguria PicturesSan Lorenzo Church - sundial



Golfo dei Poeti San Lorenzo Church Portovenere Bell Tower, Liguria Pictures The bell-tower of the church as seen from the path leading to Doria Castle


Last but not least, you can admire the wonderful parchment of the White Madona (Madonna Bianca), miraculous image for whom Portovenere’s citizens have a sacred admiration. It is believed that the icon was taken at sea in 1204 and on 17 August 1399 is miraculously transformed into its current image. And every year on August 17th, the town carries a procession dedicated to the Madonna Bianca to celebrate the event. It is a magical procession to attend as some 1,600 candles illuminate the cliffs and San Pietro Church in Portovenere.




San Lorenzo Church Portovenere


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