This basilica is one of the oldest churches of the city but it now combines different styles from different ages: it was founded in the 10th century and reconstructed in 1514-23, whereas the striking plastic façade adorned with statues was designed by Giovan Battista Cattani in the 18th century.basilica-di-san-prospero

The Baroque appearance of the church is in strong contrast with the grey stone bell-tower standing next to it, a remarkable but incomplete octagonal building from a design by Cristoforo Ricci reviewed by Giulio Romano.

On the edge of the parvis there are six large Veronese red marble lions of 1504; for more than five centuries this motionless animals have witnessed trades in the marketplace, the local’s chatter and even small revolutions, becoming true friends of Reggio people.