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Abbey of Bobbio: photos, description Abbazia di San Colombano)

The Abbey of Bobbio, is also known as San Colombano, was founded by the Irish Holy Columbanus in 614, the year. Around it soon sprang up the town of Bobbio, province of Piacenza in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna). In his time the Abbey was known as a center of resistance to Arianism, and also because of its huge library. It is here that the unfolding events of the legendary novel by Umberto Eco "the name of the rose".

In 590, the year the Lombards king Agilulf married a Catholic Theodelinda and under her influence, and with the participation of the Holy Columban, made the decision about the transition to Christianity. For the sacrament of Agilulf gave Columbano ruined Church and devastated the earth in the town of Abovian Holy asked it is a remote and secluded place to live alone. Near the small Church of San Pietro was soon built a monastery, which after the death colombana had to go through a period of violent resistance to Arianism current in the Christian faith, asserted the supremacy of the Lord-the Son (in the middle of the 7th century). Thanks to the efforts of local monks, every year more and more of the Lombards-ariantsev converted to Catholicism. The fame of the Abbey had reached the shores of Ireland, and the reputation colombana and founded brainchild has attracted in Italy many of his followers. Only in 1803, the year the Abbey of Bobbio was abolished during the reign of Napoleon.

The current Basilica of San Colombano was built in 1456-1530, respectively, in the Renaissance style. It holds the baptismal font in the 9th century. The Central nave is decorated with frescoes of the artist of the 16th century Bernardino Lanzani, and installed in the crypt the sarcophagus with the relics of St. Columban and the first two abbots. Here, in the crypt, deserves the attention of the mosaic floor of the 12th century.

The bell tower of the late 9th century, and a smaller apse of the Church belonged to a more ancient structure of the Romanesque period. Torre del Comune built together with the Basilica in the 15th century.