Cattedrale di Parma, Parma

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Fragments of ancient mosaics in the crypt of Cattedrale di Parma are evidence of a cult temple that existed before the church was established. The entire church is covered with artwork from the beginning of Italy's artistic golden age. Bertolino de'Grossi, Prospero Clemeti, Girolamo Clemeti, and Luchino Bianchini are just some of the artists who contributed to the architecture. The side chapels were built to shelter the sepulchres of Parma's noble families. Some retain the original decor from the 14th century. The capitals that represent both mythological creatures and Biblical scenes sit next to each other. For Cattedrale di Parma and beyond, use our Parma attractions planner to get the most from your Parma vacation.
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  • Needless to describe the architecture of the cathedral, for this there are the guides. I just make a very personal observation about the interior. Undoubtedly we are in front of a beautiful cathedral, but, for my personal taste, the interior is "self-giving" because of the countless additions in various styles following its Romanesque origin, and this left me a little disappointed, but, again, it is only for my Personal taste. However, the only deposition from the cross of Antelami deserves a trip!
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  • The exterior façade is very simple and does not even remotely imagine the beauty of the interior. There are wonderful frescoes everywhere even if the dome is definitely the most spectacular part.
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  • The central cupola is a masterpiece. You'll feel like you are getting sucked up into heaven along with Mary! The 10th (?) c. carved marble choir piece in the right hand side altar is breathtakingly beautiful.
  • This cathedral is an awesome place, if you will visit one church in Parma this has to be: Paintings in the some are spectacular
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