Ferrara Cathedral

Ferrara Cathedral

Ferrara Cathedral
4.5
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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This place is temporarily closed. THE CATHEDRAL (INTERNAL VISIT) CLOSED FROM MARCH 4 2019 FOR WORKS. RE-OPENED RE-OPENING: SEPTEMBER 2019.
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Jan 2020
Very beautiful and impressive cathedral of Ferrara. It is dedicated to St. George and is located in the center, opposite the Town Hall.
Written February 29, 2020
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Farhad Z
Ferrara, Italy27 contributions
Feb 2019
With its mystic dark brown walls and dark but warm atmosphere. Shiny with its decorations in the dark. Details makes it a special one. It was a rare opening time during the year I could go inside. Mostly it is closed.
Written January 4, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,165 contributions
May 2019
Disappointingly the Cathedral was under wraps and was mostly covered over with hoarding. You can’t see anything of it from the front and it was not open to the public when we were there in May. In addition to the restoration, there is internal structural repair work being done after earthquakes which will keep it closed for some time. Even masses have been moved elsewhere. I could not find an expected opening date for the cathedral but it seems that the internal work might take 6 months and the rest of the restoration work may take a couple of years.
However, there is still a lot to see even just within this piazza. The Palazzo Municipale is directly opposite the cathedral and if you walk around the side of the cathedral to the Piazza Trento Trieste, you can still see and take photos of the pretty pink striped campanile tower.
Along this side you can also see the Merchants’ Loggia, a row of shops under ancient (and it has to be said somewhat wonky looking) wooden porticoes. Built right into the side of the cathedral, the shops have been here since medieval times. It looked strange to me to see the way that they were built attached to the cathedral. You would think that the clatter and noise of commercial activity would be at odds with the religious and spiritual nature of the cathedral. However, it is a good reminder of how much religion was an integral part of life for hundreds of years. In fact the cathedral would have been the vibrant hub of all activity for any town.
Written December 31, 2019
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,583 contributions
Oct 2019
Beautiful Cathedral, dedicated to St. George. It is located in the historic center opposite the Palazzo Municipale (Town Hall). The sacredness, the majesty and the beauty of the decorations and the frescoes leaves us breathless. The cathedral of Ferrara dates from the 12th century and bears witness to the historical periods of the city. The outstanding facade, divided into three sections, was begun in Romanesque style, still visible in the lower part. The facade is rich in scenes from the New Testament above the central door, the work of the sculptor Nicholaus (1135). The upper part was built some decades later in a Gothic style and besides the numerous small arches and the splayed mullioned windows presents an extraordinary Last Judgment by an unknown sculptor over the central loggia. The imposing Renaissance campanile (Bell tower), in pink and white marble, is an unfinished work attributed to Leon Battista Alberti. The interior of the church is rich in murals, paintings and sculptures by renowned Renaissance masters such as Nicolò Baroncelli and Domenico di Paris (bronze statues of the Crucifixion and of Saints George and Maurilius), Guercino (splendid canvas of the Martyrdom of St Lawrence), Bastianino (grandiose Last Judgment). The interior of the cathedral was rebuilt in 1712 in Baroque style. During our visit it was under reconstruction, but it does not diminish the splendor of the Cathedral. It is possible to enter the Cathedral at certain times.
Written December 8, 2019
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R5440352
Seattle, WA41 contributions
Nov 2019
the cathedral is supposed to be the primary attraction in Ferrara and one of the main reasons we went. It is completely closed, due to massive renovation. None of the travel sites mentioned this small point, hence the rating.
Written December 5, 2019
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Peter T
DeKalb, IL480 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Much of the outside is covered in sheeting and scaffolding. Signs say inside is closed but there is some kind of audio-visual possibility. Wait until it reopens.
Written October 20, 2019
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,651 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We walked by the cathedral which had a large covering while they continue to do repairs from the 2012 earthquake. Instead we visited the cathedral museum which is open.
Written June 26, 2019
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Ecempol
Helsinki14 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Catedral is under restoration for some time. Also Palazzo Diamanti... Take it into consideration before planning your trip to Ferrara
Written April 13, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
One of the main reasons for going to Ferrara was to visit the magnificent Cathedral in the old city, but it’s just been closed indefinitely for major repairs after suffering serious structural damage in the 2012 earthquake. Worse still, the facade had been covered with sheeting on which has been printed an appalling mish-mash of images which give no idea what the building looks like. Really disappointing. The only good news is that some of the best artefacts can be seen in the nearby Museo Della Cattedrale, but it’s just not the same.
Written March 25, 2019
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M H
Citta della Pieve, Italy173 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Its big, impressive and the ceiling has so much gold its amazing it is still up there! Seeing is believing and it is worth the entrance fee and real candles, not the electric ones make a difference.
Written September 29, 2018
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