Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta

The collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta

Religious building bears witness to various architectural movements


Visitors to the historical center of Camaiore, will certainly want to take a peek at the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The Church of Santa Maria Assunta is first mentioned in historical documents as far back as 1260. It is located in the heart of Camaiore. This structure is characterized by an austere asymmetric façade and by the unique position of its bell tower which is located within the left-hand nave. Several important elements within the church are especially noteworthy such as the grand rosette that decorates the façade and the precious sixteenth century decorative elements in the church’s interior. The structure’s original foundations date back to the first half of the twelfth century. Its Latin-cross design, double entrance and central rose window were created at the end of the 1200s. The bell tower was elevated in 1350 and in the second half of the 1400s, the cupola that covers the presbytery area was built. In the second half of the sixteenth century, a series of seismic events gave rise to several reconstruction projects completed in the 1700s with the reconstruction of the apse.
(Source: Versilia’s Tourist Information Office)

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Located in the foothills of the Apuan Alps, this small town dates back to Roman times. After founding Lucca, the Romans created a series of small villages at the foot of Mount Prana. One of these villages is the present day Camaiore, which gets its name from the ancient Campus Major—the large plain that connects Lucca and the gates of Luni. ...