Parish Church of Codiponte – 250 m slm

The parish church of Codiponte, located in the municipality of Casola in Lunigiana, is one of the most fascinating and artistically rich churches in the area of ​​the ancient Diocese of Luni; thanks to its characteristics such as its figured capitals, its austere and balanced shape and its artistic masterpieces, it can be considered a true paradigm of Lunigiana Romanesque. The parish church is located on the right bank of the Aulella, near a bridge beyond which you can see, in the distance, the ruins of the Bianchi d’Erberia’s Castle dating from the 11th century.

The church has a basilica plan of three naves with columns, round arches and perfectly preserved notched cubic capitals, which bear figures typical of the medieval image system. Many symbolic images with a didactic and theological value unfold a rich repertoire: some palmettes, a tree of life, a lily, a six-petal daisy, a telamon, a prayer, a man who blows two horns, some rampant beasts, a camel, some birds, a snake with feet and a two-tailed siren.

(From Francesco Bola: Tourism in Lunigiana


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