Ferrara Cathedral
Ferrara Cathedral
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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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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic7,130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Unfortunately, this cathedral, located on the main square, is now closed for renovation. Even part of the facade is hidden behind scaffolding. I really liked combination of two different styles on the facade: Romanesque in the lower part and Gothic in the upper part.
Written August 2, 2022
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L0d0
London386 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Sadly, the cathedral has been closed since the earthquake in 2012. The facade is now partially revealed, but today I was surprised to see that they are letting people in to see some of the early renovation. Long way to go with the repairs yet!
Written May 10, 2023
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Alvah L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Incredible and fascinating. A medieval basilica that was renovated in the 1700-1800s in the baroque style. Very disconcerting! The building was damaged in the earthquake of 2012 and is undergoing restoration. Interesting that old medieval items are now exposed under the gaudy decoration. This is an interesting building to compare to the other well-known duomos and cathedral. Unfortunately the historical explanations are only in Italian.
Written June 8, 2023
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,960 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Squigs56
London, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
We very much enjoyed our visit to Ferrara on Sunday and one of the highlights was the cathedral, which is magnificent. At first we were disappointed that it was far too dark to see the ceiling painting by Bastianino, inspired by Michelangelo, over the choir area. Luckily an elderly Italian lady in a wheelchair, who clearly loves the place, explained to us that there used to be a button you could press to light up the painting. She asked one of the priests, who pointed out a coin machine about 50 metres from the main entrance on the right. If you insert 2 euros, the apse and the painting are flooded with light and it really is a wonderful sight. I don't think many visitors are aware of this and I noticed that some of the other trip advisor reviews refer to the darkness, so I hope this is useful.
Written June 12, 2013
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R5440352
Seattle, WA37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, IL495 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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simplejoys
Como, Italy140 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Why do Italian cathedrals always close for three hours in the middle of the day, even on a religious feast day. The heat of midday is just the time when the poor tourist wants to get off her feet and sit and contemplate eternity in a beautiful church. Especially when it starts raining.
Written August 18, 2014
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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