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Basilica Santo Stefano

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"Visitors enter the complex from the picturesque Piazza Santo Stefano - your introduction is the Church of the Crucifix, the largest and most prominent of the four extant buildings. Dating to the 8th century, the interior is austere while a painted figure of Christ on the cross hangs above the stairs. Stepping back three centuries you enter the beautiful Church of the Sepulchre, modelled on the church of the same name in Jerusalem. It has a central plan with marble and brick columns, some dating from Roman times. The next exit will bring you to the Basilica of Saints Vitale and Agricola, the most austere of the churches. It has little by way of decoration and is the oldest of the structures, dating from the 4th century. From here you can access the beautiful Pilate's Courtyard: an oasis of calm and tranquility at the heart of the complex. Your final stop is the Church of the Holy Cross: above the altar hangs a stark, solitary figure of Jesus on the cross. Don't miss the colourful Adoration of the Magi by Simone dei Crocifissi, one of oldest sculpted nativity scenes in the world, dating to the 13th century. "
"In the square of Piazza Santo Stefano you will find the Basilica, known as the Seven Churches. (Sette Chiese). Today only four remain. You can visit the four churches Crocefisso, Santo Sepolcro, Santi Vitale e Agricola, and Chiesa della Trinità to see historic sites dating back to the 8th century."
"A complex of seven churches and is said to be modeled off Jerusalem's Chruch of the Holy Sepulchre. "

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