Alps And Sanctuaries Of Piedmont And The Canton Ticino By Samuel Butler

 -   Roger had a son, Arduin Glabrio, who recovered the valley
of Susa from the Saracens, and established himself at Susa - Page 70
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Roger Had A Son, Arduin Glabrio, Who Recovered The Valley Of Susa From The Saracens, And Established Himself At Susa, At The Junction Of The Roads That Come Down From Mont Cenis And The Mont Genevre.

He built a castle here which commanded the valley, and was his base of operations as Lord of the Marches and Warden of the Alps.

Hugh de Montboissier applied to Arduin for leave to build upon the Monte Pirchiriano. Arduin was then holding his court at Avigliana, a small town near S. Ambrogio, even now singularly little altered, and full of mediaeval remains; he not only gave his consent, but volunteered to sell a site to the monastery, so as to ensure it against future disturbance.

The first church of Giovanni Vincenzo had been built upon whatever little space could be found upon the top of the mountain, without, so far as I can gather, enlarging the ground artificially. The present church - the one, that is to say, built by Hugh de Montboissier about A.D. 1000 - rests almost entirely upon stone piers and masonry. The rock has been masked by a lofty granite wall of several feet in thickness, which presents something of a keep-like appearance. The spectator naturally imagines that there are rooms, &c., behind this wall, whereas in point of fact there is nothing but the staircase leading up to the floor of the church. Arches spring from this masking wall, and are continued thence until the rock is reached; it is on the level surface thus obtained that the church rests.

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