Cattedrale di San Pietro (St. Peter Cathedral), Bologna

Cattedrale di San Pietro (St. Peter Cathedral), Bologna (must see)

A cathedral has stood at the site of St. Peter Cathedral since at least 1028. The original church was destroyed, and a new church was consecrated in 1184.

The high portico was added in 1396. In the 15th century, a series of frescoes were added. Unfortunately, these frescoes were heavily damaged in later reconstructions. An extensive remodel was started in 1575; however, the work was so damaging that the vaults collapsed, and the church was destroyed. The new building started construction in 1605, and a new facade was completed in 1747.

The majestic Baroque style interior houses several important artworks. A 12th-century Romanesque crucifix was carved from cedarwood. Ludovico Carracci painted a beautiful annunciation fresco. A 16th terracotta sculpture series by Alfonso Lombardi shows "Lament over the Dead Christ". Visitors will also find paintings by Donato Creti, Ludovico Carraci, and Prospero Fontana.

The bell tower stands 70 meters tall and houses "La Nonna". This impressive bell weighs 3,300 kilograms and is the largest bell used in the traditional Bolognese bell-ringing method.

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Cattedrale di San Pietro (St. Peter Cathedral) on Map

Sight Name: Cattedrale di San Pietro (St. Peter Cathedral)
Sight Location: Bologna, Italy (See walking tours in Bologna)
Sight Type: Religious
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