DISCOVER ROMANESQUE: Architectural types

Architectural types

A territory of early Christianization, the Upper Tyrrhenian was soon organized into dioceses, to which baptismal churches were related; minor churches, in turn, depended on the latter.
Such hierarchy is generally reflected by different plans: although all the churches present a longitudinal layout, with an east-facing apse, only cathedrals and the main town churches – and, in the countryside, the pievi – are structured into naves and aisles; they are often divided by salvaged columns and capitals, as in the instance of palaeo-Christian basilicas. Even architectural forms, thus, underline a return to primal spirituality that the Gregorian Reform aimed at achieving in the mores.



The time of Romanesque