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Duomo Santa Maria Assunta e San Berardo

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Duomo Santa Maria Assunta e San Berardo

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dapper777 wrote a review Jun 2020
Monaco26,141 contributions2,556 helpful votes
It is one of the most beautiful churches we have been in, while visiting the central regions of Italy. The Cathedral of Teramo, or simply the 'Duomo' of Teramo, is one of the most unique, complex and original things that Italian art has. As it appears today, it results from the union of two churches, in which the new one works as the apse of the oldest one. The façade, in stone and brick, is square but the majestic, rich cosmatesque portal (1332) by the Roman sculptor Deodato, and the high Gothic spire that crowns it, rising above the cornice and the merlons, create a new dimension and make this singular façade completely new. The interior, which has a plan divided into three naves, is bare, sober but imposing: the columns come from ancient pagan temples, the vaults have the power of the best things of the Middle Ages and the tabernacle, of Romanesque inspiration, secures the most precious work of art of the church: the famous antependium (the 'paliotto') by Nicola da Guardiagrele, which, with its thirty-five silver panels tells the story of the life of Christ. In the middle of the main nave there is a transversal body: it is the Baroque chapel which houses the relics of S. Berardo, transported here from the old cathedral in 1174. The Cathedral, (dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and to Saint Berardo, the patron saint of the town), was started in 1158 at the behest of Bishop Guido II and was enlarged in the fourteenth century by order of Bishop Nicolò degli Arcioni. Further changes date back to the second half of the 15th and 18th centuries, when the Duomo was transformed according to the Baroque styles, which finally were removed, following a 1932 intervention. Influenced by both Romanesque and Gothic artistic currents, the Cathedral boasts two façades. The first overlooks Piazza Orsini, where you can admire the latest transformations desired by the Bishop Nicolò degli Arcioni, who made substantial changes. The rear façade has a simpler and more essential appearance. The lower part is in stone masonry, the upper part has alternating bands of red and brown bricks and stone.The portal, which is walled, has no particular decorations. The cathedral also boasts the most beautiful Gothic-Lombard (47 m high) bell tower in the Italian region of Abruzzo. Its impressive construction dates back to the twelfth century but was completed only in 1493 by Antonio da Lodi. The most relevant part of the church is the upper one, which shows a varied set of decorations, with glazed yellow and blue terracotta discs, Inside, along with the silver antependium, the fifteenth-century polyptych of St. Augustine, made by the Venetian artist Jacobello del Fiore and located in the chapel of San Berardo, is also of considerable artistic importance. Even if you aren't particularly religious, the sacred feeling when you enter the doors is remarkable. Definitely worth seeing and it should be on your must-see list. This was one of the highlights of our vacation. To stand in the piazza and take in the size and details of this cathedral was awe-inspiring.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Katrien S wrote a review May 2019
Ghent, Belgium1,987 contributions447 helpful votes
The exterior of this cathedral is not that special, but the inside in spacious with typical Romanesque arches. As a result, the church is very sober, and it is only the architecture that impresses one. Well worth a visit if you are near Teramo.
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Date of experience: April 2019
aforestsomewhere wrote a review Jun 2017
Cork, Ireland85 contributions24 helpful votes
Probably the most famous landmarks in Teramo, work started on the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in 1158 during one of the numerous rebuildings of Teramo (a strategic city, it was repeatedly ransacked and razed by a series of invading forces). A beautiful building situated in the centre of one of the historic centres' main squares, it has a Roman interior with a Gothic exterior. Also worth a visit is the crypt of San Berardo, patron saint of Teramo, within the church. Plenty of bars are in the immediate vicinity for refreshments and meals.
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Date of experience: June 2017
Thouwaiba wrote a review Apr 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,994 contributions95 helpful votes
In the city center you can walking to it but I prefer to go on Sunday pray time where u can see everything around the church
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Date of experience: April 2017
Stockholm-Joakim wrote a review Jan 2017
Stockholm, Sweden13 contributions
In the citycenter you will find the Duomo, It's impressive from the outside but even more butifull in side. The Church has a buitifull ceiling and worth a visit. We visit on a wednedsday and the Square around the Church was full of market stands
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Date of experience: January 2017
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