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Acerenza Cathedral, Acerenza

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4.7/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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 certainly 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.
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  • You remain speechless. A place out of time. Amazing to think that we are so beautiful and so little known and advertised. The size of this Cathedral are amazing. The only con is the flooring, perhaps redone recently, that jars with the rest of the building.
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  • A few kilometers from the border between Apulia and Basilicata stands the town of Acerenza, bellisiimo village, from belvedere, one can admire a beautiful landscape with the skies one sees the Apulian Murgia, the Gargano and finally the castle of Monteserico.
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  • Close to the most scenic place of this village perched on the hills surrounding this beautiful Romanesque cathedral embellishes this beautiful panoramic views on the surrounding area clean and tidy village
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  • Beautiful. There is the stick of san Canio, san Mariano, the crypt and many other things. The parish priest is very good
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