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    Cattedrale di S.Lorenzo

    Piazza San Lorenzo
    Genoa, 16123
    +39 010 557 4096
    This church, dedicated to S. Lorenzo became the city's cathedral in the 10th century AD after it was deemed to be safer than the more primitive S. Siro cathedral, as it was situated inside the fortified walls built in 864 AD. The three black and white striped marble portals on the front are sculpted with stories of the Virgin Mary and can be traced back to 13th century Franco Norman craftsmanship, providing the most interesting example of the French Gothic style in Italy. The construction of the cathedral, which can be said to have lasted for centuries thanks to artists from Pisa, Lombardy and France, gave rise to an interesting mixture of styles, especially visible in the black and white facade. The inside is made up of three naves flanked by columns and reclaimed roman capitals, and owes its current appearance to the refurbishment carried out after the fire in 1296. The frescoes were done by L. Cambiaso and G.B. Castello il Bergamasco. The sober dome by G. Alessi and the presbytery are also from the same period. The bronzes on the altar in the presbytery are interesting. Everyone from Genoa knows the story of the bomb that sits at the beginning of the right hand nave. On 9th February 1941 it hit the cathedral destroying part of the casing, but remaining miraculously unexploded. The sacristy leads to the valuable Museo del Tesoro di S.Lorenzo


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