Photographer's Note

Basilica of San Sabino de Plano

It stands near a diverticulum of the Via Flaminia, in an area where the discovery of tombs and epigraphic materials from the Roman age has allowed us to attest to the presence of a cemetery.
Numerous reuse materials are used, including a funerary inscription, suggesting a reuse carried out by a stripping of the contiguous burial areas located along the Flaminia. Certainly pertinent to a drum tombstone are the six large curved ashlars reused along the outer wall of the church's right side apse.
A mutilated inscription indicates the holder, or rather the holders of the sepulcher, perhaps the Gens Caesia, already attested in Spoleto by a travertine memorial stone.
Abandoned in the late Middle Ages, with the development of Christianity the territory was repopulated, and the construction of new churches along the main communication routes saw frequent phenomena of reuse from the "pagan" cemetery areas for the construction of new buildings of worship.
Numerous hagiographic stories date back to this period, to which various foundations refer both in the city and in the immediate suburbs and in the Spoleto area (such as the church of San Brizio and the church of San Giovanni di Panaria).
According to tradition, the church was built on the tomb of Sabino, (or Savino), bishop of Spoleto, a Christian martyr of the time of Gaius Aurelio Valerio Diocleziano. The saint was the object of great veneration in Spoleto in the early Middle Ages.
Bishop of Spoleto, San Sabino suffered martyrdom in 310 under the Emperor Maximian, and was particularly revered in the Lombard period. It is said that, persecuted because he was a Christian, he was arrested together with other ecclesiastics, imprisoned and his hands were amputated. In jail she met a blind man and healed him. This miracle aroused the curiosity and appreciation of his own tormentor, victim of a serious eye disease, who asked to meet Sabino: the holy bishop healed and converted him. But this miracle made him even more disliked by the pagans, so he was beaten to death.
According to local hagiographic tradition, her body was buried about two miles from the city by a matron named Serena.
It is probable that a building erected on the tomb of San Sabino already existed in the VI century.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18477 W: 130 N: 39167] (210278)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2019-11-29
  • Exposition: 1/21 secondes
  • Versions: version originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-10-28 0:47
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18477 W: 130 N: 39167] (210278)
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