Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
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westy54
By westy54
Massive red brick structure which dates from the early 16th century but is a mixture of styles.
Jul 2022
The Cathedral dominates the Piazza Risorgimento, also know as Piazza Duomo, in the centre of Alba. The Cathedral has origins dating back to the 6th century however the layout of the current Cathedral is largely Romanesque dating from the 11th/12th century. Subsequent renovations in the late 15th/early 16th century transformed the facade into a Gothic style. These renovations resulted in the demolition of all but the bell tower, the three portals, the facade colonnade and the crypt that existed in the earlier 11th/12th century church. Further substantial renovations and stabilisation works were carried out following earthquakes in 1626 and also during the 18th and 19th centuries. A large part of the interior artwork and frescoes has been completed since 1871. The exterior is red brick Gothic in style with three sections and three arches, separated by embedded pillars, opening onto the colonnade and corresponding to the three internal naves. Above the central arch is a statue of San Lorenzo and above this a large rose window. On the lateral sections either side of the central section, there are two large lancet windows. In each of the four embedded pillars there are reliefs showing the symbols of four saints (dating from the mid 19th century). Each embedded pillar is also topped with a type of enclosed turret. The Bell Tower was substantially renovated in the late 15th century, is approximately 45 metres high and exhibits four different styles of windows. The interior is divided into three high naves with four spans each in the shape of a Latin Cross. The cross vaults of the three naves are painted a rich blue and white, as if it were a starry night, with the arches dividing them from each other resting on bicolour pillars. There are six beautiful chapels, three in each of the lateral naves, filled with wonderful paintings, altarpieces and, in some instances, masses of marble and gilted ornaments. The majority of the ceilings in these chapels are covered with frescoes. The elevated very impressive high altar sits above the crypt and is Baroque in style. Behind this is the 35 wood stalls of the choir which were carved in the early 16th century. There are numerous beautiful stained glass windows at the back of the high altar and also surrounding the lateral naves and the counter facade which also houses the organ which dates from 1876. Excavations have uncovered a baptismal font from the sixth century and this may now be viewed via a glass opening in the floor. Well worth a visit. Free to enter.

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westy54
Sydney, Australia9,050 contributions
Jul 2022
The Cathedral dominates the Piazza Risorgimento, also know as Piazza Duomo, in the centre of Alba.

The Cathedral has origins dating back to the 6th century however the layout of the current Cathedral is largely Romanesque dating from the 11th/12th century.

Subsequent renovations in the late 15th/early 16th century transformed the facade into a Gothic style. These renovations resulted in the demolition of all but the bell tower, the three portals, the facade colonnade and the crypt that existed in the earlier 11th/12th century church.

Further substantial renovations and stabilisation works were carried out following earthquakes in 1626 and also during the 18th and 19th centuries. A large part of the interior artwork and frescoes has been completed since 1871.

The exterior is red brick Gothic in style with three sections and three arches, separated by embedded pillars, opening onto the colonnade and corresponding to the three internal naves. Above the central arch is a statue of San Lorenzo and above this a large rose window. On the lateral sections either side of the central section, there are two large lancet windows. In each of the four embedded pillars there are reliefs showing the symbols of four saints (dating from the mid 19th century). Each embedded pillar is also topped with a type of enclosed turret. The Bell Tower was substantially renovated in the late 15th century, is approximately 45 metres high and exhibits four different styles of windows.

The interior is divided into three high naves with four spans each in the shape of a Latin Cross. The cross vaults of the three naves are painted a rich blue and white, as if it were a starry night, with the arches dividing them from each other resting on bicolour pillars.

There are six beautiful chapels, three in each of the lateral naves, filled with wonderful paintings, altarpieces and, in some instances, masses of marble and gilted ornaments. The majority of the ceilings in these chapels are covered with frescoes.

The elevated very impressive high altar sits above the crypt and is Baroque in style. Behind this is the 35 wood stalls of the choir which were carved in the early 16th century. There are numerous beautiful stained glass windows at the back of the high altar and also surrounding the lateral naves and the counter facade which also houses the organ which dates from 1876.

Excavations have uncovered a baptismal font from the sixth century and this may now be viewed via a glass opening in the floor.

Well worth a visit. Free to enter.
Written January 31, 2023
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AlterSchwede13
Boblingen, Germany1,583 contributions
Sep 2019
This church manages to combine antiquity and modernity and to create a space of devotion and joy. Rarely has a church taken me more - at first sight. Many thanks for that. Please note that the pictures on the front of the church with the corresponding names are abbreviated A.L.B.A..
Written September 22, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
Sep 2019
I have a particular affection for these giant brick Romanesque Cathedrals and this is a fine example inside and out, albeit with some Baroque/Rococo features. There are lovely variegated pillars and beautiful blue colouring on the ceiling. Also nice to see some Roman remains under a glass floor. Look out for the interesting legend of St Theobald. The historic centre of Alba really is lovely and the piazza in front of the Duomo and open space around it allows a good appreciation of this fine building.
Written September 14, 2019
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tkscov
Chagrin Falls, OH112 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This church is in the heart of Alba and is a great site to see. It is one of the few churches where you are allowed to explore behind the altar.
Written July 30, 2019
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Michael M
Orange, Australia76 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
This church is well worth a visit. The architecture and decoration inside is stunning, reflection that period of time. This is a function church and apart from its historic and artistic impact it provides a welcome respite from the hustle of the markets with a cool ambience for rest and reflection.
Written June 19, 2018
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Bobby T
New York City, NY12 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Simply amazed with this beautiful cathedral right in the heart of Alba. Was taken aback by the unique designs on both the interior columns and original floor tiles.
Written November 11, 2017
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,760 contributions
Aug 2019
The four towers of the 15th-century Gothic Cathedral represent the four evangelists. The facade is decorated with four bas-reliefs depicting the symbols of the four evangelists. Left in order: the angel of Matthew, the lion of Mark, the bull of Luke, and the eagle of John. The name of the city is encrypted in the first letters of these symbols in Italian-Angelo-Leone-Bue-Aquila. The 1878 sculpture of San Lorenzo by the Milanese sculptor Luigi Cocchio is located under the rose window. Saint Lawrence, the patron Saint of the city, is especially loved by Catholics because of his martyrdom (he was roasted alive on a grill). We couldn't go inside because of the memorial service. This is not a procedure where tourists will be in place.
Written January 30, 2020
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,088 contributions
Sep 2019
A small church that visitors can go behind the altar to view the choir area and the various types of marble used to build the church. One of the many small town churches in Italy.
Written September 17, 2019
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Marla7
Naas, Ireland840 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Alba is a hidden gem in itself - although getting more and more popular! - and San Lorenzo was a true surprise for me. The square and the front are lovely, and the interior of the cathedral is truly impressive and interesting. I absolutely recommend it.
Written July 26, 2019
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Donika.M
Shkoder, Albania109 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Such a beautiful church , outside and inside! In the heart of Alba! You can spend some time there , then have a coffee near the church, with that beautiful view by your side.
Written June 19, 2019
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