The Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) – Duomo
The Cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, can be considered one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Parma. It was built around the year 1059 and consecrated in 1106.
The facade is made from blocks of sandstone and decorated with a row of loggias and two tiers of galleries. The bell tower is topped by a copy of a gilt copper angel, whos original is at the Diocesan museum.
The interior of the Cathedral is shaped on a Latin cross. The ceiling and walls are frescoed in the Mannerist style. The great inside of the dome was frescoed by Correggio in 1526 with the Assumption of the Virgin.
The church was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1117 and had to be restored.