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 https://turismoinlunigiana.it/scheda/pieve-di-codiponte/)
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