Cattedrale di San Vigilio

Cattedrale di San Vigilio, Trento

Cattedrale di San Vigilio
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Mysterious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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The Early Christian basilica of Saint Vigilius was built outside the city walls presumably around the end of the fourth century. The structure’s original purpose was as a burial place for the missionaries in Anaunia Sisinius, Martyrius, and Alexander, murdered in the Val di Non by pagans on 29 May 397. Alongside the martyrs Vigilius, the third bishop and the patron saint of Trent was also buried.
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,123 contributions
Big
Aug 2020
The most important church of Trento. Is very big and the architecture inside is really amazing. The entrance is free but you have to pay to visit the catacumbs.
Written September 14, 2020
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,269 contributions
Medieval Frescoes
Jul 2019
Frescoes in a few different areas of the church were painted from the 13th century to the 15th century. Just think about that for a second, you get to glimpse into the medieval mind! There is a circular, 13th century window known as the "Wheel of Fortune" in the northern transept. In 1628, the Crucifix Chapel was created. The Council of Trent was held here in the church's presbytery!There is also a wooden statue of 'Our Lady of Sorrow,' I could not find a year on this beautiful statue but it looks like 14th or 15th century. It's just one of those places that is unforgettable. Also under the cathedral there is an early Christian basilica. There's an access from inside the cathedral, I couldn't find it, but maybe you can! I wish I could've seen that section.
Written March 27, 2020
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G.B.
254 contributions
3 Stars for the curch, 5 for the crypth
Dec 2019
Some parts of the church are covered (due to restoration work),however most important sections are visible (Wheel of Fortune , altar...). The crypt is the best section, because explains an important part of curch history not only in Trento. There's also a minimal amount of multimedia support , to better understand how and why the church was built.
Written December 2, 2019
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nspire
Newtown, PA18 contributions
Fantastic especially the crypt
Sep 2019 • Solo
Gorgeous and informative! A must while in Trento!I especially enjoyed the crypt in the basement. To see the Roman ruins and the time. It is incredible.I especially enjoyed the virtual tour glasses.
Written September 20, 2019
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,172 contributions
Special, worth a visit.
Jul 2019
The Roman Catholic San Vigilio Cathedral is named after the patron saint of the city of Trento.
The current church was built over a pre-existing 6th-century church.
The constructed of the new church started in the 13th century in a new Lombard-Romanesque style; however, during the 100 years lasting construction period, the Gothic style became increasingly evident.
The façade has a large rose window including The Wheel of Fortune.
Notable also are the lions supporting the columns of the narthex on the northern side and the twisting columns in the apsidal area.
The interior has a nave and two aisles with a transept. The latter has 14th-century frescoes depicting the legend of Saint Julian and the stone statue of the Madonna degli Annegati. The apse of the right transept houses the relics of the local martyrs Sisinius, Marturius and Alexander who died around 397 AD.
In the right aisle is the Crucifix Chapel (1682), with a wooden crucifix at the feet of which were promulgated the issues of the Council of Trent, whose sessions were held in the church's presbytery.
Entrance is free, although a (small) donation will always be appreciated.
Written September 17, 2019
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK904 contributions
Lights Up the Square but Darker Inside.
Jul 2019
Early Sunday before Mass , it was solemnly silent. Bit of restoration work going on which means, you can't access all areas comfortably.
Historically significant of course but I much prefer to view it from outside as it's stunning in the square.
Only a brief visit here,as I wanted to be at the wonderful Diocesan Museum for the 10am opening.
Written August 10, 2019
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark2,149 contributions
Prettier from the outside
Jul 2019 • Couples
The impressive cathedral of cosy Trento is extremely pretty seen from the outside. You almost feel happy to watch it.

When you step inside you realize that religion is not about being happy. It’s serious business. Thus the gloomy atmosphere and decor.
Written July 23, 2019
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aaarlen
Gyor-Moson-Sopron County, Hungary250 contributions
Council of Trent
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is the historical site of the famous council, so I visited here. Great feeling. Amazing and stunning. Exactly what I expected was a real experience for me.
Written July 8, 2019
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legacyendeavors
Racine, WI529 contributions
“St. Virgilio Cathedral, A Very Simple Beauty In Trento!”
Jun 2019 • Friends
Don’t let this simple architectural style fool you! This is really a great place to check out while you’re in the downtown Trento area! It’s quaintly gorgeous and worthwhile. Also the bonus is that it’s free, however donations are greatly appreciated...
Written June 29, 2019
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elwick11
London, UK1,520 contributions
Imposing cathedral
May 2019 • Friends
Very imposing cathedral started back in the 13th century and has had modifications and addition since that time. It is a very impressive building but not as ornate as I expected. There are steps up the inside walls both sides which I assume lead to the higher levels but there is no access to the upstairs for visitors. They are open most of the day but close between 12 noon and 2.30 pm. Well worth the visit. Free to enter but there are donation boxes.
Written May 20, 2019
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