Acerenza Cathedral, Acerenza

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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  • Despite the vagaries of the Navigator and the rainy day we arrived at this beautiful village which alone is worth the stop to Acerenza. Turn in the alleys of the village with the umbrella is not the greatest but mandatory to do so. The Cathedral looks majestic and imposing almost too big for the village. Romanesque style is almost bare but harmonious shapes. There is also a crypt.
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  • From the beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding hills. A beautiful and impressive Romanesque cathedral embellishes this town clean and tidy the crypt is lighted by entering €1 into the slot but the ignition is very prolonged and offers all the time for quiet contemplation. The village offers glimpses of impressive.
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  • Interesting testimony of the past with a Romanesque style substantially and with some angle where you can see Renaissance and Baroque style decorations in excess in later centuries. The Cathedral is set in an ancient village, where alleys is extraordinary wander and observe details.
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