Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)

Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano), Rimini

Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)

Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)
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Cynthia A
London, UK185 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2019
Massive Cathedral which looks small from the outside until you walk in and see how deep it goes back with extremely tall decorative walls and wooden beamed ceiling. The pews were set deep within to give you space to marvel at the inner beauty without disturbing anybody worshipping.
There are also side rooms on either side behind high wooden decorative doors which you can also enter.
Written June 7, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,519 contributions
Magnificent Renaissance Cathedral
Nov 2019
This cathedral is the masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. Tempio Malatestiano is a beautiful one-nave church built by Leon Battista Alberti in 1450, by order Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta. The church was supposed to represent the secular power of the client, and the impression was enhanced by a fantastic ornament in the interior with mystical and secret iconography. Reminiscence of antiquity is evident on the facade of the Cathedral. The façade repeats the motif of the triumphal arch, and on the sides of the arcade motif imitating ancient aqueduct. The sarcophagi of Sigismondo Malatesta and his mistress Isotte degli Atti were to be located in the semicircular recesses on the facade, and the recesses on the sides of the building were intended as the tombs of scholars and poets from Malatesta's court. But the Cathedral was never completed. The medal by Matteo de 'Pasti from 1450 shows the original appearance that the temple should have had, with a large rotunda covered by a hemispherical dome similar to that of the Pantheon. It is beautiful on the inside where the works of famous Italian Renaissance painters and sculptors decorate the Cathedral. We can admire the Giotto’s Crucifix ( Crocifisso di Rimini ), fresco by Piero della Francesca ( Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta in preghiera davanti a San Sigismondo (1451), a large canvas by Vasari (San Francesco che riceve le stigmate). We also enjoyed the magnificent works of the artists Leon Battista Alberti, Matteo de 'Pasti, Agostino di Duccio. Magnificent Cathedral with a lovely atmosphere.
Written February 11, 2020
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RaibeartAlba
Scotland182 contributions
Pietro della Francesca
Nov 2019
A surprise find in this fine church and November is a pleasant time to visit as the crowds was flown.
Written November 26, 2019
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William E
83 contributions
Worth the time
Sep 2019
This is not an "over the top" type of cathedral found in other Italian cities, but very simple, and straightforward. Also small for a cathedral. But there are a few very interesting items to be seen, the sarcophagus, the use of the "SI" initials throughout, etc. Admission is free.
Written September 9, 2019
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World Traveler
New York City, NY27 contributions
A "temple" that is a real cathedral!
May 2019
My wife and I stepped into this "temple" on the afternoon of Saturday, May 12, 2019, after riding three trains for several hours, starting early at around 7:00 in the morning, from Civitaveccha after disembarking from our cruise ship there. It was rainy and windy too, to the point of intimidating the less determined visitors. I had personally wished to see this "temple" as that word is used as part of its name instead of "church" or "cathedral". The "temple" appeared modest from outside but was profoundly inspiring inside, with a dark brown wooden ceiling above us. It was empty but OPEN to us! Don't discount a "temple" or a "church" or a "cathedral" being open to the public, including both believers and tourists! Having visited Ponte Delgada a few days earlier as one of our ports of call, I knew for a fact that also on a Saturday every single "temple" or "church" or "cathedral' on that Portuguese island was CLOSED! I was wondering why the Portuguese island had closed all its "places of worship" to tourists on the day my wife and I were visiting that island (at least two other cruise ships were docked there as well), but I knew why this "temple" in Rimini was OPEN to us: Because It was meant to be a true place of worship to anyone who wishes to step in and admire it, particularly on a windy and rainy day when we came all the way from New York City just to admire this temple without being denied that opportunity......
Written June 21, 2019
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sarapishock
Henley-on-Thames, UK142 contributions
Interesting cathedral
Jun 2019 • Solo
This cathedral isn't the stereotypical cathedral, and is quite interesting to look at. In the historical part of the city and an easy walk from the beach. Would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Written June 7, 2019
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Eugenio Trevisan
Orgiano, Italy42 contributions
Masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance
Aug 2018 • Solo
In the 15th century, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta radically transformed the existing building into the solemn forms designed by Leon Battista Alberti that make it a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. Inside, you can admire the Giotto’s Crucifix. Matteo de’ Pasti and Agostino di Duccio worked with an almost pictorial sensitivity on the marble covering of the six side chapels. The fresco with the prince kneeling in front of St. Sigismund in the last chapel on the right is by Piero Della Francesca
Written May 28, 2019
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Olga P
Athens, Greece276 contributions
World class Renaissance monument
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is one of the greatest monuments of Renaissance Italy. It is full of arcane pagan symbolism which is not explained by the church. Do not miss the tomb of the Byzantine philosopher Plethon Gemistos in a sarcophagus on the side of the church.,
Written April 15, 2019
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global-traveller48
London, UK554 contributions
A puzzle?
Jan 2019 • Couples
Was this originally meant as a church - or as something else? Worth reading about it and you will then understand!
It is a very large church, used a a cathedral. Free to enter and wander round, and famous for having an original Good to (in the last chapel on the , left of the altar).
Written January 15, 2019
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steve_vstheworld
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland399 contributions
Beautiful church
Jan 2019 • Couples
A gigantic church near to the centre of Rimini, it’s incredibly beautiful inside and free to enter, so definitely worth a visit.
Written January 3, 2019
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