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“Really worth the visit ”

Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

It is a shamed the interior restoration is not yet complete but it is still worth a look. I walked nearly an hour each way from the Hotel Canadian. Once you get out of the business area of town it's really beautiful in many places. Also a bit sad too. So much is still needing repair after the earthquake and there's a spot where I'm guessing was student accommodation with a brief memorial on the construction fence listing those lost. I'm from Christchurch New Zealand and know just too well how it feels. It was a moment of silence for me. I recommend this place. Walk it, don't use a taxi. It's worth it.

Thank Ian S
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

I was born in L'Aquila, living in northern Italy. Every time I come back in my town, I need to spend few minutes walking in the grass in front of Collemaggio church, looking at the outstanding facade, in the typical Abruzzo Romanesque style. It's amazing the contrast of colors between the dark green lawn and the facade in the typical light shades of red.
Inside the church, the grave of the renowned Celestine V pope.
It contains the first Holy Door in the world and is home to a unique annual jubilee.
A must see, as well as the L'Aquila town, surrounded by the high Gran Sasso and Velino-Sirente mountains.

2  Thank Enrico T
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

This 13th century Basilica is a landmark of unique value. Its facade is an outstanding example of romanesque architecture.
It contains the tomb of Celestine 5th the first and, up to recently, only pope to resign his mandate at the turn of the 13th century.
Many legends are attached to the Basilica and some relate even to the order of the Templars.

1  Thank Silvio M
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

While reconstruction is still going on inside, the distinctive facade remains intact and somehow lovelier than ever. The long extensive front lawn than used to be full of locals and playing children lies unused and forlorn looking but resolutely green as it awaits happier days. The silent splendour of the whole area is a symbol of the beauty and strength of the ill-starred but resilient people of L'Aquila.

2  Thank Alberto C
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Reviewed 23 February 2015

Before the cathedral here's some local magic to experience. I wish i could read L'Aquila blindfolded so as not to see the elevated motorways that surround and almost suffocate the city.

Remember the number '99.' No, not the agent Maxwell Smart kind, but for everything that this town commemorates.... its founders, rivers city wards, squares, churches and 99 peals of Reatinella bell, sounded after sunset to signal the closing of the city's four gates.

Get this, there are 99 spouts coming out of the 3rd century Fontana della 99 Cannelle, the city's best-known symbol and monument. Visitors cannot spend their entire time swooning by the waters of the spouts, so a visit to the basilica de Santamaria di collemaggio, built in 1287 is a must. The facade is magnificent, characterised stunningly by striated white& pink hewn stone and three 5th century portals. Its not only showy but is a Gothic- Romanesque masterpiece. There are artisanal masterpieces as well in the form of lace and ceramics of exceptional beauty.

The city is like a hollow surrounded by the mountains of the Gran Sasso which traces the crest of the Apennines. We have walked small sections and love the flora and fauna, as well as town centres like Amatrice with preserved artistic works from the 13th-16th centuries, Arququata de Tronto, a medieval village dominated by its fortress, while in Colle charcoal burning is still in use. What pollution, you say? Further afield, Campli is home to the Necropolis and Civitella del Tronto which has a superb fortress. Do make the track out to the pathway that crosses the fascinating Salinello Gorges. We loved it.

3  Thank Eli B
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