The foundation of the Church @ Chiesa di San Matteo

Of Alfred Noack

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The foundation of the Church

The first building was commissioned by Martino Doria in 1125. Martino used the family land near the Cathedral and just outside the city walls, a strategic location for the Doria clan, who were professional tax collectors. The church was intentionally dedicated to San Matteo, a tax collector himself, to honour the tasks of the family who saw a great predecessor in him. The church was completely rebuilt in 1278 with a new Gothic style that characterises all the buildings overlooking the square.

A photo by Noack showing the façade of the church in the 19th century

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