Cattedrale di San Ciriaco
Cattedrale di San Ciriaco
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BrunoAP
Basilicata, Italy766 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Cathedral of St. Ciriaco was consecrated in the first century and some suppose that the original church was in the form of a Latin cross from the 8th century. This is a fine Romanesque building of stone built in the form of a Greek cross with a dome. The façade has a Gothic portal, with two large lions on each side.

There is a crypt under the left side and the interior has an interesting wood beam ceiling and simple Romanesque features. The church was carefully restored in the 1980s.

From this vantage point you have good views of the port, city, some Roman ruins and the Adriatic Sea.

Parking at the top is limited but the walk up is rather steep.
Written November 19, 2008
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Buzznsmoo
226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Ancona was a stop on our MSC Cruise. We decided not to do an organised excursion and went for a wander on our own.

The cathedral is easy to find but, is a steep climb to the top. It was well worth it though and the views were stunning from the top.

The cathedral is beautiful, stunning architecture and the tourist train will take you to the top for 5 Euro.
Written November 25, 2019
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deons810
Hillcrest, South Africa36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The cathedral overlooks Ancona and is accessible by road or by walking. The building is truly beautiful. We were lucky enough to be able to go inside.
Written November 10, 2019
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VoxItalia
Rome, Italy22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Founded around 386 BC, Ancona is not a "tourist town", and this makes it a nice place to visit.

It is a quick and easy drive from the center of Ancona to see the Cathedral of San Ciriaco of Ancona, but if you prefer to walk, the approx. 1.7 KM uphill walk to the12th- to 13th-century Duomo can be a trek, but it is worth it!

The Duomo stands high on the Guasco hill overlooking Ancona’s gulf, port and natural harbor.
One can admire the imposing façade of the Duomo and enjoy the sweeping views of the city and the Adriatic sea and the port.
Someone here mentioned that the view of the port "spoils" this visit, and nothing could be further from the truth.
Ancona is a port town, and the port is a place of work for many italians and foreigners, and it tells the story of what was once one of the most important ports in Europe.
Although no longer as important as it once was, the port of Ancona it is still a busy marketplace, with many large ships travelling daily to and from Croatian and Greek ports on the Adriatic.

Dedicated to S. Ciriaco, the Cathedral is the greatest monument in Ancona and one of the most interesting medieval churches of the Marches. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Ancona.
It is shaped in an harmonious and articulate Romanesque body of a Greek cross, with elements of Byzantine and Gothic influences, reflecting the long period of construction that lasted from sec. XI to XIII.
On top of an italic type temple, erected in the third century. B.C. and probably dedicated to the patron of navigation, Aphrodite Euplea (it is also said to occupy the site of a Roman temple of Venus and incorporates the remains of a basilica of the 5th–6th century), was built in the fourth century a basilica dedicated to St. Lorenzo, which was then rebuilt and enlarged in the ninth century after the Saracen destruction, and turned a Greek cross between the XI and XII centuries.

The many restorations have given back to the temple its austere and elegant lines, after the damages suffered during the two world wars and the earthquake of 1972.

The facade in the rare white and pink stone of the Conero Mountain has a portal rich in gothic reliefs ( XIII century), preceded by a Romanesque-Gothic porch adorned with two large red marble lions.
These two staues have been exposed for centuries to the harsh sea air and mist, and they are somewhat corroded, and bleached almost pink by the bright sun, and yet they are still magnificent.

Above the portal is a large oculus with a Romanesque frame between two single mullioned windows.

Inside, the Greek cross shape with three naves of Roman columns with Byzantine capitals; at the center, supported by four strong pillars and spandrels adorned with architectural decorations and four figures of angels in relief is the twelve-sided dome, one of the most ancient in Italy.

Through a glass floor, created during one of the restorations, are visible the remains of a pagan temple and the early Christian basilica with mosaic fragments.

The Duomo has many beautiful sculptures, bas-reliefs, screens and pieces of art to admire, as well as some elaborately painted wooden cielings and the magnificent altar of Our Lady by Luigi Vanvitelli (1738) .

The right crypt is used for burial of the bishops and gives access to the underground temple, where excavations have unearthed the remains of the Italic temple and the early Christian basilica.
Anyone who wishes to drive to the Duomo at night will find the church closed, but the view of the port at night is lovely, and the sea air is wonderful.
Written November 23, 2016
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Alessandro M
Milan, Italy19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm from this city: trust me, this place has a wonderful sight! If you wanna take your date to a romantic place, that's the place you wanna take her! Beautiful sunsets and magnificent views on the sea are only two of the things that make this place so awesome! Plus, the cathedral is in roman style but it also has rests of a greek temple underneath! And guess what?! It's the Venus' temple, the goddess of love!! So what you wating for? Go see it! It's really worth!
Written December 24, 2011
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Elaine R
Cheadle, UK107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We walked up to the cathedral on a very hot day, we were pleased we had taken water! The view from the building is well worth the walk.We didn't look inside as it was a Sunday and there was a service.
Written September 14, 2019
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podroznikk
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This church is much different from hundreds I have seen, the ceiling, the interior, it is located on the hill with a view on the harbour, definetely worth climbing when you are in Ancona
Written August 16, 2019
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Nesreen R
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
my fav place in Ancona, where you see the city from above, specially during sunset, its calm and beautiful
Written May 14, 2019
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BenYorkie
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
You can see this lovely cathedral from almost anywhere in Ancona - it is on a hill overlooking both the sea and the town. It's imposing and gives some fantastic views.. Very beautiful as well - both inside and outside. We thought the steps to the entrance and the entrance itself were particularly imposing.
The interior is well decorated and this is definitely a place to visit. You will not be disappointed.
Written October 14, 2019
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Nicci N
Johannesburg, South Africa60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Sitting on top of a magnificent hill overlooking the sea this excursion was worth the steep climb to experience this beautiful cathedral that is the seat of the Archbishop of Ancona. The view from the top is simply amazing but the cathedral is breath taking. If you're going in summer be sure to take sunscreen, stay hydrated and use comfortable walking shoes. There is an elevator that you can use to make the climb easier but there is still plenty of stairs to get to the top and a steep hill to climb to get to the the cathedral. It was absolutely worth it but only attempt it if you're willing to climb lots of stairs.
Written July 8, 2019
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