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Historical centre, Ancona: 2 reviews and 7 photos


Favorite thing: The cathedral is said to occupy the site of a temple of Venus, who is mentioned by Catullus and Juvenal as the tutelary deity of the place. No remains have been excavated yet.

The first church seems to have been built in the 8th century on a Latin cross design. It was in the 12th replaced by a larger cathedral dedicated to Saint Judas Cyriacus. It is a fine Romanesque building in grey stone, built in the form of a Greek cross, with a dodecagonal dome over the center slightly altered by Margaritone d'Arezzo in 1270. The fašade has a Gothic portal, ascribed to Giorgio da Como (1228 ), which was intended to have a lateral arch on each side.

The interior, which has a crypt under each transept, in the main preserves its original character. It has ten columns which are attributed to the temple of Venus, and there are good screens of the 12th century, and other sculptures. The church was beautifully restored in the 1980s. I will add close-ups of the cathedral when I will have time to climb to the old town (2006 ?)

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  • Written Oct 30, 2005
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