On June 25, 2011 the Santa Giulia Monastery and the Capitolium Archaeological area included in the site “Lombards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.) were listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site together with Cividale del Friuli, Castelseprio-Torba, Spoleto, Campello sul Clitunno, Benevento, and Monte Sant’Angelo.
The monumental complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia in Brescia is an extraordinary place. This nunnery was built in 753 by Brescia’s duke Desiderius before he became king of the Lombards.
The church of San Salvatore is one of the most significant examples of religious architecture in the Early Middle Ages; its ornamentation is among the richest and best preserved. The monastery included lodging for pilgrims and the poor, and played a fundamental role in the social context of that time.
Today, the whole complex, after an outstanding restauration and enhancement work, hosts the City Museum and displays the most important artistic artifacts that narrate the long history of Brescia and its region.
Of particular importance from the sculptural point of view are the Winged Victory, the Emperors’ gilded bronze heads, and the numerous marble artifacts in the Roman section.