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Cattedrale di San Pietro

Cattedrale di San Pietro

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Cattedrale di San Pietro

Cattedrale di San Pietro is located on Via dell’Indipendenza, the city’s main street. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bologna; and is dedicated to Saint Peter. The present building dates from the 17th century, with a few parts from the late 16th century.



What is unusual about this Cattedrale is that it is not located in the main square of Bologna. The Basilica of San Petronio is in the square. This Cattedrale is located in a small square between houses in a neighorhood. If you didn’t know where to look you probably would miss it.  https://goo.gl/maps/whHNPBfCEAD2

Here is a sample of the beautiful ceilings:


A church already existed at this site as early as 1000. In 1141, however, it was destroyed by a devastating fire, and the decision was made to rebuild. Starting at the end of the 1400s, the great painters of Ferrara worked in Bologna. Their work had a significant impact on Michelangelo, even though it would be lost during the renovation of late 1500s.dsc_1637

Today the interior is Baroque and has a majestic grandeur. Among the works of art you can admire are: the Annunciation by Ludovico Carracci in the presbytery, a Roman Crucifix in wood, and a group of terracotta figures depicting the dead Christ and Mary weeping. The original campanile has remained intact. However, everything else around it was rebuilt in the 13th century.


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