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  The Facade of the Cathedral
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I was awe-struck by the facade of the Cathedral. Duke Federico had architect, Giorgio Martini of Siena, design it, and construction stared in 1476 and continued until 1604, but the structure was not completed! In 1781 an earthquake damaged the cupola and facade, and in 1789, the cupola collapsed to the grotto below which, in turn, crushed the pulpit, organ, main altar and some works of art. So a new design was done. It took from 1789 until 1801.

The seven statues on the facade depict:

1. Faith
2. Hope
3. Charity
4. (in the gable: Sant/Agostino)
5. (at the borders): San Giovanni Crisostomo
6. (To the left of the stairs): San Crescentino, patron saint of the city.
7. (To the Right of the stairs): Beato Mainardo.

A tribute to the University for the completion of the cathedral is sited in the inscription at the summit of the facade:"studiorum universitati fastigum".

Sadly, photographs were NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL!.
(another way to promote the sale of their book.)

I do think that the interior is quite beautiful and uses a basilican plan with 3 naves covered with barrel vaults and a cross with cupola.

Being mainly WHITE, the interior seems angelic. The main altar, like the rest of the church is marble with bronze sculptures. There are several very wonderful pieces of art that decorate this church.

The Museum is worth a visit, and my favorite was the Chapel of the Crucifixion, The Chapel of the Nativity of Christ.

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  • Updated Nov 3, 2006
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