TheAbbey of Sant'Angelo in Formis, Fraction Capua, it's a church abbey dedicated to San Michele Arcangelo and has the dignity of basilica minor.
The cycle of frescoes, which today you can admire inside the church, is attributable to the reconstruction of the building by theAbbot Desiderio; bearing witness to this there is his portrait inapse with the square nimbus, intent on offering a Christ the model ofabbey, as well asepigraph on the entrance portal.
La decoration moreover it is comparable with miniatures realized in the scriptorium dell 'abbey of Monte Cassino. The decorative program occupies the naves, apses and controfacciata.
The first construction of the basilica seems dating back to 'Lombard period. At the time of the bishop of Capua Peter I church it was given as a gift to the monks of Montecassino, who wanted to build you a monastero.
Subsequently the church it was taken from the monks and given back to them in the 1072 by the then Prince of Capua, Riccardo.
TheAbbot Desiderio of Montecassino, future Pope Victor III, he wanted to rebuild the basilica and he did so while respecting the ancient elements architectural from Pagan.
We owe him the right to him frescoes of school Byzantine-bell that can be admired inside and that constitute one of the most prestigious and best preserved pictorial cycles of the time in Southern Italy.
In the twelfth century, however, the reconstruction of the portico and of bell tower.
La facade was originally the church is preceded by a arcade to five ogival arches supported by four column shafts, two of which are placed on the right and made in cipollino marble and two left built in gray granite, with Corinthian capitals different from each other and supported by further different architectural elements reused as a function of bases.
These elements of re-use are said to come from buildings belonging to the santuario pay.
On the right of the facade the suggestive is found bell tower.
Il portico, which can be accessed inside, is a basilica plant with three naves, each of which ends in aapse.
Le column that divide the naves they have also been made with materials from buildings of Roman times.
via Luigi Baia 120a - Sant'Angelo in Formis, fraction of Capua - CE