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Aquileia Basilica

Aquileia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

About Aquileia Basilica

The Aquileia Basilica – Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta – in northern Italy played an important role in spreading Christianity from as early as the fourth century. Originally constructed in 313 AD by Bishop Teodoro, much of Aquileia’s Basilica was destroyed by Attila and his Huns in 452AD.

Today’s Aquileia Patriarchal Basilica underwent a series of constructions and reconstructions over the centuries, with the current incanation consecrated in 1031. Yet the evidence of its long history is not erased. Indeed, visitors to the stunning Patriarchal Basilica can still see its fourth century mosaics.