Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Mediaeval Italian Church in the Veneto Region

Earlier this evening, quite by accident, I happened across a photo in a wine magazine which showed a rather splendid north Italian church of mediaeval vintage. I believe it may be the church of San Michele Arcangelo, located in the village of Guia near the town of Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region of Italy.

While this is not the same photo that initially inspired my interest, it will at least give you some sense of it. (That said, if you would like to see the original photo which so piqued my interest -- and I would strongly encourage you to make the effort to do so as it really is a magnificent sight to behold -- then see either the PDF version or the Flipbook version of the magazine in question, going to the article on page 2, "Veni, Vidi, Vino, Veneto".)

Evidently the combination of the church itself, alongside the beauty of the natural setting and the charm even of the domestic architecture which surrounds it, almost necessarily results in something moving and dramatic.

That said, I was particularly struck by the belltower of the church, which, in its materials, forms and in its soaring heights, is simply magnificent. It struck me that this style of belltower may well be an unexplored area of potentiality for new church architecture and architectural additions today.

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