The Most Beautiful Cathedrals in Italy
By: Liz Flynn
One of the reasons why people choose Italy as the destination for their vacation is so they can appreciate the history and architecture in this country. One of the best ways of doing this is to visit cathedrals. Italy has some of the most architecturally stunning cathedrals in the world and here are some of these.
The Duomo di Milano is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity. This cathedral is the largest in Italy and the fifth largest in the world. It took almost six centuries to complete. Three buildings were demolished to make room for the cathedral. These were the Baptistry of St Stephen, the Palace of the Archbishop and the Ordinari Palace.
The cathedral in Florence is called the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers. However, it is more commonly called Il Duomo di Firenze. The cathedral was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and the dome was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. It was completed in 1436.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
This cathedral is one of the most iconic structures in Italy and its full name is the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark. The cathedral has had many designs as it has been repeatedly remodelled. It was once completely rebuilt after it was destroyed in a fire.
Siena Cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Originally, the cathedral was designed and completed between 1215 and 1263. The dome of the cathedral rises from a hexagonal base. Both the interior and the exterior are constructed from marble.
Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran
The Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran is often simply known as the Lateran Basilica. Located in Rome, this is the oldest of the four papal major basilicas and houses the cathedra of the Roman Pontiff. This structure has been ravaged by fire twice; once in 1307 and then again in 1361.
Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, also known as the Duomo di Amalfi, is located in the piazza del Duomo in Amalfi. Although it was originally built in the 9th century, it has been remodelled many times.
Verona Cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1117, two Paleo-Christin churches were destroyed in an earthquake and the cathedral was built as a replacement on the site. The cathedral was consecrated in 1187 on September 13.