The Lombards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.)
is the official UNESCO title given to seven groups of historical monuments that embody the values of the Lombard people, Germanic tribes who settled in Italy between the 6th and 8th centuries AD.
These groups include monasteries, churches and forts, and became UNESCO World Heritage sites in June 2011 because they bear witness to the important part played by the Lombard people in European religious and cultural development during the transition between the Classical and Medieval periods.
The sites are located in Cividale del Friuli (Udine), Brescia, Castelseprio (Varese), Spoleto (Perugia), Campello sul Clitunno (Perugia), Benevento and Monte Sant'Angelo (Foggia).
The serial property represents the quintessence of the remaining built and artistic heritage of the Lombards in Italy today. A people of Germanic origin, having settled and converted to Christianity, the Lombards assimilated the material and cultural values inherited from the end of the Roman world. Also in contact with Byzantine, Hellenistic and Middle Eastern influences, the Lombards achieved a cultural, architectural and artistic synthesis, unique in terms of its monumental and stylistic diversity and the various secular and religious uses. It is one of the main roots of the beginnings of the medieval European world and the establishment of Western Christianity.