Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A beautiful cathedral incorporating a wide mixture of styles reflecting the alterations and additions made over many centuries.
Built to replace the 4th century palaeochristian church in the 11th century, modified in the 15th and 16th centuries and given a neo-classical facade in the mid 19th century.
Large paintings of the Stations of the Cross inside.
Written September 22, 2023
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wisewonderer1223
Bristol, UK492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This lovely Cathederal is right next door to the Cryptoporticus ruins/museum set in a lovely,sunny when were were there, square. We had to wait for it to open after lunch at 3pm but it is so pretty all aroun and surrounded by mountains we did not mind!
Written February 26, 2020
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rhyshedges
Oxford, UK418 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
As you enter through the West door your first impression is that this is a very austere almost stark place of worship. Then you catch a glimpse of colour off to the right. It is a lovely mural in a side chapel. This is a feature of most of the chapels.One of the north chapels has a lovely window.

The Stations of the Cross are large paintings. Interestingly the titles are in French which shows the strong influence of the French language in the town.
Written September 19, 2019
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Vetvoyages
Kyiv, Ukraine123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
There are wonderful 12th century frescoes in the roof space, but they are not open to the public most of the time. Also Roman remains in the basement.
Written February 26, 2019
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Attractive church, parts of which date back to the 4th century, parts of which are very modern, due to the numerous restoration works carried out over the centuries.
Written January 1, 2024
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jim m
Holymoorside, UK1,180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
There are churches that are very minimal and there are those that are crammed with so much ornamentation that they blur into a mass. This is one of the alternative places that has areas and features of great work but with space for them to breathe.
Written September 24, 2023
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Curiously, the internet says this Cathedral was first built in the 4th century, but it does not exist in the ancient Roman model found in the archaeological museum? It looks like it should be found somewhere near the Forum and Crypto portico. .

It’s a beautiful cathedral and it immediately emphasizes the importance of The Passion of Christ, in Catholicism, upon entering. Rather than have the crucified Jesus back behind the altar, this cathedral places it more towards the middle of the church, at the beginning of the pews. It’s the very first piece noticed.

There’s a whole underground archaeological complex under the church, but I don’t think tourists were permitted. The barricades clearly indicate this notion.

There’s was a huge crowd out front, so it might be a good idea to get there early?
Written May 18, 2023
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westy54
Sydney, Australia12,055 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The cathedral dates back to ancient times and it is believed that the initial structure was built in the 4th century when a Roman complex was converted to a Christian place of worship. It is believed that one of the Bapisteries dates back to this period.

At the end of the 10th century and in the 11th century major works were undertaken to reconstruct the cathedral in a Romanesque style. Some parts of the Romanesque structure have survived the many subsequent reconstructions and renovations including the Basilica plan with a central nave and two aisles, the crypt and the two tall bell towers that look as though they are the highest structures in Aosta. A number of the cathedral's most important frescoes date from this reconstruction.

Further changes were made between the 12th and 14th centuries when two of the five original apses were demolished and the ambulatory around the choir was built and two impressive mosaics representing the months of the year and animals and rivers were created. A large wooden crucifix was also added during this period.

The 15th and 16th centuries saw significant changes to the interior of the cathedral in relation to the burial chamber, the sanctuary, the installation of 30 beautifully carved wooden stalls in the choir, the construction of the ribbed cross vaulted ceilings in the nave and aisles and the addition of some beautiful stained glass windows and the addition of a cloister.

The Renaissance style facade, which now effectively forms an atrium, and is richly decorated with columns, tympanums, terra cotta sculptures and very colourful frescoes showing the life of the Virgin May was built in the 16th century. The Neo-classical white stone facade that we see today with a large arch leading to the atrium and portal, two large niches with statues of saints, four embedded columns (two either side of the portal), a decorated entablature and a pediment with a coat of arms emblazoned on it was bult in the middle of the 19th century.

There are some impressive richly decorated chapels and side altars inside including the 18th century Baroque high altar constructed of black marble with multicoloured inlays. There is a cupola.

A visit to the crypt, which dates back to the 11th century and is divided into three naves, is also interesting. The Treasure museum houses some important artworks, manuscripts, wooden sculptures and reliquaries.

Entry is free and it is well worth a visit.
Written April 16, 2023
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lou N
Nomad, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
So many reviewers must not have taken the tour, or they'd have mentioned it. The tour is fantastic. It includes viewing the church treasures (some from 400 AD and then climbing into the attic to view frescoes that were painted in 1050AD. These are some of the oldest Frescoes known as most others have been painted over several times. The tour is free during the annual Cultural Week (around the 3rd week in September).
Written September 17, 2017
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Simon B
London, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
The juxtaposition of the old cathedral with more recent additions is fascinating. Well worth a visit
Written September 20, 2016
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