Pavia, San Michele
Founded in the 12th century, it is one of the most striking of Romanesque architecture and was built when Pavia became the capital of the Kingdom. It was the Palatine Chapel, where Lombard kings were crowned.
The worship of St Michael was widespread among the Lombards.
Several kings and emperors were crowned there, among which Frederick I Barbarossa.
Its typical hut-shaped façade is marked by blind loggias above, open cross, splayed mullioned windows with two lights, and portals with a deep splay featuring a winged angel in their respective fanlights.
Unlike other churches of Pavia, where the use of brickwork prevailed, San Michele s almost entirely covered with sandstone, which absorbs light and always gives different reflexes, although due to its malleability, it is easily attacked by atmospheric agents that continue to create problems to the decorations, now largely illegible.
Above the median portal you can see the St Michael Archangel, with the globe, lotus flowers and the apocalypse dragon; above the left portal is St Ennodius bishop of Pavia, and above the right portal is St Eleucadius, bishop of Ravenna.