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St. Stefano Parish Church

Pisignano - Via Crociarone, 12

St. Stefano Parish Church

ENTRANCE

Free

HOURS

Always open
Weekday hours: 9-12.30 and 16-19.30 summer - winter: 10-12.30 and 15.30-19.30 Holiday hours: 9-12.30

Contacts

Telephone: +39 0544 951587
MOBILE: +39 0544 951587
FAX: +39 0544 951587
www.pievedisantostefano.it

This is one of the oldest parish churches in the Province of Ravenna, in fact the first written evidence of it dates back to the year 977, and an even older origin is not to be ruled out.
It rises like a precious jewel in the middle of the country with its fruit trees and vines. The church displays an imposing façade in the typical basilica-style of the early Middle Ages architecture.
Next to the entry there is a roman mile stone which is the evidence that there was an important street passing through that point and that the area was inhabited at that time.
A record of the Middle Ages is inserted in the outside wall, it is a fragment of a "Roadside Cross"with a blessing hand and the inscription "Dextera Domini". It must have been an indication for the pilgrims heading for Rome, that a "Hospitium" (a kind of guest quarters) was near.
The church was nearly completely modernised in 1512, after that it was rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1527, and both the tablets on the external façade and on the apse are an evidence of it.
The last important restoration works in early 1900 returned the parishoners the sober inner space divided into three naves which give an atmosphere of particular concentration and suggestion.

Source: local Staff of Cervia

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