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The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta

The town of Camaiore hosts architectural gem

Via XX Settembre, 63

The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta is in the historical center of Camaiore: it was founded in the 13th century and despite the transformations occurred in modern times, it is an emblematic example of 13th century ecclesiastical architecture. Some decorative elements are particularly interesting, such as the big rose window on the façade.

The oldest part of the church is represented by the Romanesque bell tower dating back to the first half of the 12th century: a plaque at the base of the tower was raised in 1350, while in 1448, during the important enlargement works of the collegiate church, the dome was built in the center of the presbytery area.

Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta e Torre Civica - Credit: Courtesy of Camaiore Municipality

The church was severely damaged by the earthquake of 1536, after which it was restored, and then it was the subject of important intervention again in the 18th century. The interior of the three aisles preserves important works such as the 14th century marble baptismal font and a precious 14th century wooden crucifix. 

Camaiore
VILLAGES, PARISH CHURCHES AND ABBEYS BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE APUAN ALPS
Located in a wide valley at the foot of the Apuan Alps, Camaiore is a city with ancient foundations and owes its origins to the Romans, who, after establishing Lucca, set up outposts on the slopes of Monte Prana. Among these was Camaiore, whose name comes from the ancient toponym Campus Major, the large plain that linked Lucca to the port in Luni. ...
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