Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire, Ferrara

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Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire is the seat of the archbishop of Ferrara and the largest church in the city. Located only steps from the Palazzo Comunale and the famous Castello Estense, the cathedral, built in a Romanesque style, dates to the 12th century. The facade is made of white marble, and features scenes from the New Testament as well as numerous sculptures of its characters. The interior was entirely remade in Baroque style after a fire in the 18th century. For a better look at the ceiling painting by Bastianino (inspired by Michelangelo), insert a two-Euro coin into a machine about 50 m (164 ft) from the main entrance on the right: this will cause the apse and the painting to be flooded with light. A visit to Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ferrara vacation generator to plot your vacation.
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  • The Cathedral is the monument I liked most in Ferrara. Besides of being huge, it´s incredibly beautiful. Shame that, due to restoration works, important parts of its main facade were covered in scaffo...  more »
  • I have visited this church many times, with friends over the past 10 years and have still not changed my opinion.Unfortunately, at the moment, the best thing about this cathedral is under wraps. The e...  more »
  • What a beautiful cathedral. Although undergoing some renovations, the church can still be viewed, although not all of it. It is quite lovely, very ornate with brilliant art adorning its walls and a gr...  more »