What to see: San Lussorio

What to see: San Lussorio

Early Christian and Romanesque

The Church of St. Lussorio is a building built in the XII century in Romanesque - Pisanstyle, perhaps the work of the monks Victorines of Marseille and surrounded by the natural "cumbessias" (small houses for the accommodation of pilgrims).

After a collapse occurred in the thirteenth century, the southern wall of the building was rebuilt , along with the cover that was originally built with a barrel vault , was replaced by a wooden trusses . Of the fourteenth century, however the front elevation in the Gothic-Aragon style.

The church is located about 1.5 km from the village of Fordingbridge , on a cemetery of the Roman period connected with the ancient center of Trajan's Forum , and was the scene of the martyrdom of the saint to whom the ecclesiastical building is dedicated.

Lussorio was a apparitore , an officer or employee under the governor of Sardinia Delfio ,thanks to the reading of psalms was converted to Christianity , and became a catechumen , he was baptized, he went against the law that forbade the profession of the new faith .

Around 304 AD , during the reign of Diocletian. Lussorio was tried and sentenced to Karales and led to the Trajan Forum to be beheaded . His body was buried in a crypt used for pagan worship , which became the burial place for other Christians , and then a place of pilgrimage for all Christians of the island.

The initial crypt was enlarged and paved with mosaics between the fourth and sixth centuries . It was probably also built a Basilica in honor of the saint but today remains only the apse frescoes and some traces of mosaic floor. Basilica suffered a long series of collapses and reconstructions until it took the forms of the Romanesque church.