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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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  • very nice feature, visit more calmly I will return in the spring perhaps with friends
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  • the arrival at the Cathedral impresses the visitor, starting from the beautiful portal that inspires some fear wanted and well-featured figures that adorn, the Interior of the Church with some fresco in apse, crypt, surely the best part of the Interior of the Church.
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  • reach for us was a little tricky, but I would do it so many times! Old town, palaces and then the Cathedral!
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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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