Santi Gervasio e Protasio, Budrio

Santi Gervasio e Protasio is a Roman Catholic church located on Via Pieve #2, just outside of Budrio, province of Bologna, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy.

Facade and belltower of Santi Gervasio e Protasio

HistoryEdit

A church at the site was present since the 5th to 8th centuries, but many subsequent reconstructions have occurred, and the present church dates mostly to the 18th-century refurbishment. Documents from 1106 mention its designation by the bishop Vittore II as pieve or parish church for the community. The church acquired the privilege to perform a baptisms in 1406.[1] In the lower areas of the apse, some of the original church can be glimpsed.

The church is notable for housing an early Lombard Romanesque marble cross (dated 848), originally from a nearby oratory. The cross is engraved with intricate interlace designs and latin script dating it to the rule of Emperor Ludwig's son, Lothair I.

The church has a baptismal font carved from the spolia of a late-Roman capital, as well as works by the Gandolfi family and the School of Guido Reni.[2] The main altarpiece depicts the Martyrdom of Saints Gervasio e Protasio (1727-1732) painted by Giuseppe Marchesi (il Sansone). Gervasio was martyred by flagellation, while Protasio was decapitated.[3]

Coordinates: 44°32′40″N 11°31′36″E / 44.544576°N 11.526782°E / 44.544576; 11.526782

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Story of the Parish, Santi Gervasio e Protasio website.
  2. ^ Tourismo in Pianura, tourism office for province of Bologna.
  3. ^ Santi Gervasio e Protasio website.