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May 23, 2011: Church of St. George - Portofino, Liguria, Italy

the grand facade view


There are very few roads in Portofino. There is one road (non-vehicular) which winds it way up to this church of St. George and sites beyond. I have to commend my shipmate who agreed to make the ascent despite his mobility challenges. The views of the village below are breathtaking. The interior of this church is less so, not in a bad way..


A Romanesque church building was erected in 1154 - although further excavations - carried out in the reconstruction after the Second World War - have allowed the discovery of an ancient chapel which probably dates back to the time of the Lombards (7th C AD). The structure was revised and amended in 1691 with a further restoration and expansion in 1760.


During the Second World War the church was completely destroyed by a bomber plane. Reconstruction of the current church, using the architectural plans of the 1760 structure, began in 1950. Inside are relics of St. George, patron saint of Portofino, brought by sailors returning from the Crusades .


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Taken on May 23, 2011