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"Cathedral of San Lorenzo" Viterbo Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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  San Lorenzo
by Tom_Fields
  • San Lorenzo - Viterbo
      San Lorenzo
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  • Inside the great cathedral - Viterbo
      Inside the great cathedral
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On the site of an ancient Etruscan temple stands the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Named for San Lorenzo Martire, protector of the city, it is a fine example of Romanesque architecture. The campanile, or tower, dates from 1368 and the front from 1570. Some parts are far older. It served as a refuge for the Pope after he fled Rome. Later, the Pope moved to Avignon, in France. After suffering considerable damage in World War II, it has been restored as far as possible.

Directions: Just west of the medieval San Pellegrino district, at the end of the Via San Lorenzo.

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  • Written Dec 21, 2009
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