The tower of the Abbazia di San Mercuriale, with its height of 75 meters, is one of the tallest in Italy. The first church on the site was destroyed by fire in 1173. The present structure was built with brick in the Lombard-Romanesque style and took only 7 years, making it one of the most miraculous construction jobs in the history of Italy.

The colonnade to the right of the church is part of the abbey's cloister.

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