Cremona Cathedral, Cremona

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Cremona Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cremona, Lombardy, northern Italy. It is the seat of the Bishop of Cremona. Its bell tower is the famous Torrazzo, symbol of the city and tallest pre-modern tower in Italy.Also adjoining is the baptistery, another important medieval monument.HistoryOriginally built in Romanesque style, the cathedral has been restored and extended several times, with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. Construction began in 1107, but the works were damaged and halted after an earthquake in 1117. Construction resumed in 1129, and the building was probably finished in 1160-1170. The main altar, dedicated to the city's patron saints Archelaus and Himerius, was consecrated in 1196.The current façade was probably built in the 13th and the early 14th century. In the same period the arms of the transept were also added: the northern in 1288 and the southern in 1348.ExteriorThe main façade, together with the adjoining baptistery, is one of the most important monuments of Romanesque art in Europe. It has a portico with a narthex in the middle, to which a Renaissance loggia with three niches was added in 1491. This is surmounted by a large rose window, flanked by two orders of loggette ("small loggias").
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  • Built in the 12th century, the Cathedral of Cremona is made up of a large Romanesque building, but it also has Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements, due to various refurbishments and restorations. The facade of the church is splendid, covered in white Carrara marble and Verona red, with a large central rosette and enriched with decorations, statues and spires. Very beautiful the two lions stiphas that are located at the entrance. The interior, three aisles divided by large pillars, ends with a large apse, where the fresco of the Redeemer is located. There are many works of art that are contained there: sculptures, paintings, frescoes representing biblical stories, the wooden choir, a silver cross, gold and glazed glass, etc. depending on how you look at it; in the canvas of the "Last Supper" there is a character with feminine traits, close to Jesus; also in the altarpiece of San Fermo, the eyes of the characters seem to follow the visitor's gaze.
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  • You can tell that Cremona takes pride of its landmarks. The historic centre of town was so very well kept and clean, and the Cremona Cathedral reigns that area!  more »
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  • Imposing and vast, much more than you might reckon for a relatively small city as Cremona. The inside is richly decorated (many reinassance artists contributed to its beautifully preserved frescoes) and the vault awe-inspiring. The church is free to visit - the rest of the complex, for example the bell tower, is not. Don't miss the floor mosaics in the crypt!
  • This is one of the few places where you can find an astronomical clock. There is some amazing working to make this work. This clock has stairs you can climb to see the clock work. You can also climb higher to get an overview of the city. Would love to come back and explore more of the city.
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