The Church of San Giorgio in Campis
Zandobbio | Luoghi religiosi
Romanesque and Byzantine art in a church in stone quarry country
Before going into the church through the main entrance, take a walk around the outside of the church of San Giorgio in Campis and you will see some large slabs of pale marble at the base of the outside of the apse. These are made from Dolomia, the ornamental stone which comes from the Zandobbio area and which was used for this little church too. Despite phases of rebuilding over the centuries, the Romanesque architecture of San Giorgio in Campis is preserved in all its fascinating austerity and rigour.
This example of sacred architecture, dedicated to the warrior saint San Giorgio in Campis, is situated not far from the village cemetery. It dates back to around the year 1,000 A.D., as is shown by the style of its construction, ascribable to the early Middle Ages. The only two original elements remaining from this era today are the apse and the elegant bell tower, which is finished with four double lancet windows.
On the inside of the building there are some important frescoes painted between the 13th century and 16th century, many of which are in the byzantine style. On the wall of the apse behind the altar there are a Christ in Majesty, the Virgin Mary and the saint to whom the church is dedicated. This church is considered one of the most interesting pieces of sacred architecture in Zandobbio.
Unusually, there are some painted and sculpted funerary inscriptions and memorial tablets in the sacristy of San Giorgio in Campis, an odd detail that reveals a former use of the space. Indeed, during the 1800’s, it was not used by the priests to prepare for mass, but as a mortuary for the nearby cemetery: a spine-chilling curiosity!