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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 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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  • The small village, the Cathedral is very nice, although the renovation (floor) is not in line with the structure.
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  • Climb a hill and suddenly assails you a strong emotion. You are catapulted into the middle ages and you are to Acerenza. The archiepiscopal Museum modern and well laid out with pre Romanesque finds up to our own times, the Romanesque cathedral of breathtaking beauty, its crypt from valuable paintings, the village of the Cathedral that nothing regret the most famous Tuscan villages, Acerenza do a visual experience and cultural impact. Out of large circuits could for this preserve the true roots of our country.
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  • Worth the viaggio...in particular the crypt and the history of the majestic Cathedral. Wonderful view from the lookout near ...
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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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