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Cappella del Corporale

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This Gothic church, built to celebrate the so-called Miracle of Bolsena...

This Gothic church, built to celebrate the so-called Miracle of Bolsena (1263 AD,) contains the sacred corporale (altar cloth) that is locked in a huge, jewel-encrusted casket and a number of magnificent frescoes by the 14th-century painter Ugolino di Prete, which describes the miracle.

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The highpoint of Orvieto

Beautiful art and sculptures in the cathedral. Disappointed that the corporal was not present as this was our main reason for visiting in Orvieto. The mosaics on the front are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mayhill, New Mexico

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Mayhill, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful art and sculptures in the cathedral. Disappointed that the corporal was not present as this was our main reason for visiting in Orvieto. The mosaics on the front are beautiful but were partially blocked by the restoration works's scaffolding. The Chapel of San Brizio is one of the most beautiful we have seen. Definitely worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unbelievable Art Magnifico!!!!!We could not believe the preservation and the beauty of this Gem we were disappointed the Corporale was not there.

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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Another cathedral. Some say, "If you've seen one, you've seen them all." That's only partially true. They're all the same while they're all different. We are a couple in our 60s and well traveled. We enjoy these huge, old, European cathedrals and didn't really need to take the time to see another but it was cheap enough to visit this... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The stunning image of the Mary Magdalene. The miracle at Bolsena and the beauty of the chapel are quite amazing. This is a simpler chapel.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

To the left hand side of the high altar, the chapel has some wonderful frescos, but it's chief treasure the the famous painting of the Madonna.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Orvieto is one of the most beautifully situated cities in Italy… a massive hill town built on tufa. The chapel is a must see when you are in Orvieto. Beautiful chapel with one of the most amazing reliquaries anywhere. Fantastic workmanship. And the chapel is, of course, part of the Duomo… one of the greatest facades you'll ever see. Orvieto... More 

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Salerno, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

made in 1350-1356 frescoes painted by ugolino di prete ilario and marble tabernacle attributed to andrea di cione known as orcagna, two marbles angels and silver reliquary; on the left wall small one light glass window with the crucifixion.

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This chapel houses the relic of the corporale, or cloth in which a priest holds a communion wafer, from the miraculous Mass at Bolsena. Most decoration is fourteenth century. The walls contain frescoes recounting the history of the relic and other miraculous masses. The stupendous silver, gold, and enamel reliquary is in a case, now at eye-level so you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Get a guide to explain the significance of the intricate carvings on the exterior and you'll begin to appreciate this architectural gem. We didn't even go inside, but were fascinated as the stories brought it to light. Thank you Insight Vacations and our superb guide, Marco.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

What a relief that we now have a scientific explanation for this embarrassing "miracle". The chapel remains a little gem. It is supposed to be a space in the Cathedral reserved for prayer and Mass is celebrated there on weekdays. Unfortunately it seems to be in fact a meeting place for local gossips. I was there one evening while the... More 

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