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Acerenza Cathedral, Acerenza

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Acerenza Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Canius in the town of Acerenza, in the province of Potenza and the region of Basilicata, Italy. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Acerenza.The cathedral is one of the most notable Romanesque structures in this part of Italy.History and descriptionThe diocese was established by the late 5th century, but the structure of the present Romanesque cathedral building dates from 1080, when construction was begun under archbishop Arnald of Cluny. The site however is far more ancient and traces remain in the present building both of a pagan temple to Hercules Acheruntinus and of the earlier Christian church.It has a Latin cross ground plan, and three aisles, which terminate in a raised presbytery behind which is an apse with an ambulatory and three radiating chapels, an unusual feature in Italian church design; the transept also terminates at either end in a semi-circular chapel. The ambulatory contains the altar which houses the relics of Saint Canius (or Canus; San Canio).
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  • Really simple cathedral. Lovely place to contemplate life without being bothered. Spectacular views from around the cathedral.  more »
  • It is a nice catheral, interesting and well maintained. I am sure there is a lot of history within its walls and surrounding streest, but for the non italian tourist there is nothing noteworthy. If yo...  more »
  • Beautiful, historic town with amazing views of the countryside. Don't miss the museum near the Bishop's house. The Archbishop himself showed us around in 2010. This year, the parochial vicar gave us t...  more »