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Brescia

 

The San Salvatore – Santa Giulia complex, now the City Museum, is an outstanding architectural palimpsest that incorporates the female monastery built in 753 by Desiderius, Duke of Brescia, before he became king.
The church of San Salvatore is one of the most important standing examples of Early Medieval religious architecture. The decoration of integrated stuccoes and frescoes is, together with that of Cividale, one of the most lavish and well-preserved from the Early Middle Ages.
The monastery was equipped with facilities for the reception of pilgrims and housing for the poor. It extended westwards, with houses, tombs and production facilities, traces of which are still present in the neighbouring archaeological area that includes the 1st century AD Capitolium Temple and the Roman Theatre.
This part of the town contains a continuous sequence of religious buildings, with monumental Roman remains from the 1st century BC (late Republican temple) and time of the Empire (Capitolium AD 73); the Roman theatre (with evidence of Early Medieval use) also belongs to the archaeological area.