Pavia Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro - Saint Augustine’s tomb


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The church is the resting place for the remains of Augustine of Hippo, who died in 430 in his home diocese of Hippo Regius, and was buried in the cathedral there, during the time of the Vandals.

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Pavia Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro - Saint Augustine’s tomb

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  2. 2. San Pietro in Ciel dOro (Saint Peter in thegolden sky) is a Roman Catholic basilica(and a former cathedral) of theAugustinians. It inherited the name of “cield’oro” (golden sky) because the woodenceiling of the early-Christian church wasdecorated with golden-coloured paint. It ismentioned by Dante, Petrarca andBoccaccio.A church of Saint Peter is recorded inPavia in 604; it was renovated byLiutprand, King of the Lombards (who isburied here) between 720 and 725. Thepresent Romanesque church wasconsecrated by Pope Innocent II in 1132.
  3. 3. The plain exterior is ofbrick, with sandstonequoins and window framing.
  4. 4. The church is the restingplace for the remains ofAugustine of Hippo, whodied in 430 in his homediocese of Hippo Regius,and was buried in thecathedral there, during thetime of the Vandals.According to Bedes TrueMartyrology, the body wasremoved to Cagliari,Sardinia by the Catholicbishops whom the ArianVandal Huneric hadexpelled from north Africa.
  5. 5. CryptAugustine of Hippo (354 –430), also known as StAugustine, was an earlyChristian theologian whosewritings are considered veryinfluential in the developmentof Western Christianity andWestern philosophy.
  6. 6. Pastoral visitin San Pietroin Ciel dOro
  7. 7. Bede tells that the remainswere subsequentlyredeemed out of the handsof the Saracens there— byPeter, bishop of Pavia anduncle of the Lombard kingLiutprand— and depositedin the church of Saint Peterabout the year 720.The controversy on theauthenticity of the bonesresulted in broadsides,pamphlets and books.The left aisle has thefrescoes of the fifteenthcentury that are typical ofthe Lombard school andsome other of sixteenthcentury.
  8. 8. Liutprand was the King of the Lombards from 712 to 744 and is chiefly remembered for his Donation of Sutri, in 728, and his longreign, which brought him into a series of conflicts, mostly successful, with most of Italy. He is often regarded as the successfulLombard monarch. Within the Lombard kingdom he was considered a lawgiver of irreproachable Catholicity.
  9. 9. The sacristy
  10. 10. The sacristy
  11. 11. Thebeautifulgrotesquedecoration1561
  12. 12. Tomb of St Augustine,the Arca di SantAgostino, 1362
  13. 13. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430)
  14. 14. Arca diSantAgostino FuneraryMonument ofSt. Augustineof Hippo
  15. 15. Arca di SantAgostinoFunerary Monumentof St. Augustine ofHippomarble, 3.14 x 1.68 x3 meters,
  16. 16. Arca diSantAgostinoFuneraryMonument of St.Augustine ofHippomarble, 3.14 x1.68 x 3 meters,Giovanni Balduccior Bonino daCampione??lower and centerregisterscomplete by1362, canopy andupper registermostly completeby 1380,pinnacles after1409The arrival of thebody of Augustinein Pavia
  17. 17. AgostinoascoltaAmbrogiotheyoungAugustinehearsthebishopAmbroseVescovoopontefice
  18. 18. La conversione di Agostino
  19. 19. La conversione di Agostino
  20. 20. Apostles with Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude
  21. 21. Ambrose baptized Augustine
  22. 22. Augustine teaches and baptizes young people
  23. 23. Apostles with Faith, Hope, Charity, and Perseverence or Religion
  24. 24. lower and center registers complete by 1362, canopy and upper register mostlycomplete by 1380, pinnacles after 1409
  25. 25. Chastityholding a hare,north lowerregister
  26. 26. La speranza
  27. 27. St. Augustine reads on his deathbed
  28. 28. Saint Augustinereads on hisdeathbed
  29. 29. Lurna dicristallocontenente lereliquie disantAgostinoduranteunesposizione
  30. 30. Text and pictures: InternetCopyright: All the images belong to their authorsPresentation: Sanda Foi oreanuş Nova Schola Gregoriana - Gregorian Chant For Meditation - Communiones: Circuibo