CHURCHES

Basilica

POINTS OF INTEREST

Aquileia’s basilica is an extraordinary architectural design. Its essential lines embody the vision of Poppo (bishop/patriarch from 1019–42), who consecrated it in 1031. But its origins stretch back at least to the late 4th century, when in Bishop Cromazio’s time, the basilica was virtually as big as it is now, apart from the transept and apse with underlying crypt. Significant building work was done in the early 9th century, when Patriarch Maxentius added the portico (originally on two floors) to link it to the Pagan church, and the two projecting structures of the transept and the apse. Poppo’s restructuring project in the 11th century included the reconstruction of both the facade, with the central two-light window, and the apse, with its stupendous fresco cycle. The internal ten-column colonnades were given new capitals. Further work was done after the 1348 earthquake. In 1909, Poppo’s floor was removed up to the level of the presbytery to reveal the mosaic floor from the Constantine complex about a metre below.
   

INFORMATION

  • Address: Piazza Capitolo 1, Aquileia (UD)
  • E-Mail: basilica.aquileia@virgilio.it
  • Phone#: + 39 0431 919719
  • Opening: From April to September: 9am-7pm
    March and October: 9am-6pm
    From November to February: 10am-4pm (Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9am to 5pm)

    Closures:
    December 25 afternoon
    January 6: from 2:15pm to about 3pm for the Blessing of Children
    All Saturdays: from 5:30pm to 6:45pm for the Vigil Mass
    Every Sunday: from 10am to 11:30am
    During all religious ceremonies parish not definable schedule (funerals, weddings or special ceremonies) closed 30 minutes before the ceremony