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“A unique Roman Catholic Basilica on the small Isola San Giulio”

Reviewed October 2, 2017

Tradition says that this was the hundredth and last church founded by Julius of Nicaragua and his brother Giuliano and that in 390 the saint reached the island and killed the dragons that allowed the first church to be built on the island. The modern church was constructed in the 12th century and inside remains a precious Romanesque ambon sculpted in green serpentine marble. You enter the basilica through a portal and stairway reached from the boat jetty. On the walls are many frescoes. You are supposed to be silent, but there is so much noise that you rush through the basilica.

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Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

This is a small church, but WOW! So much in a little area. You need to take a boat ride out there which is fun by itself. And you can walk around the monastery which is quaint, but the church is worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

This basilica is really the primary attraction on San Giulio Island, and it is worth the stop. Be sure to go down the stairs to see the crypt of St. Julius.

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Reviewed August 1, 2017

You can soon get "churched out" travelling round Italy and I thought "here we go again" as there's not much else to see on the island - how wrong I was. This small church is a surprising delight with it's ceiling and wall paintings/frescoes, plus ornate pulpit and crypt in which the remains of Saint Julius are laid. The ancient Bishops Palace surrounding the church is currently a Nuns Monastery and the church entrance is reached from the jetty via a vaulted staircase. It gets busy soon after the shuttle boat disgorges its next group of visitors but then quietens for a while which enables you to sit and admire the architecture and art in near peace and tranquility.

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

After having visited churches in and around Milan & Stresa, we really didn't want see another church, however we were persuaded to visit this one on an island off Orta San Giulio. The church has many frescoes which are quite delightful. The pulpit is very unusual and the church turned out to be worth visiting. Apparently, the island was a monastery and has now been taken over by a nunnery/convent that makes the vestments for the clergy in The Vatican.

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