Cattedrale di Parma, Parma

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Fragments of ancient mosaics in the crypt of Cattedrale di Parma are evidence of a cult temple that existed before the church was established. The entire church is covered with artwork from the beginning of Italy's artistic golden age. Bertolino de'Grossi, Prospero Clemeti, Girolamo Clemeti, and Luchino Bianchini are just some of the artists who contributed to the architecture. The side chapels were built to shelter the sepulchres of Parma's noble families. Some retain the original decor from the 14th century. The capitals that represent both mythological creatures and Biblical scenes sit next to each other. To visit Cattedrale di Parma on your holiday in Parma, and find out what else Parma has to offer, use our Parma trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Although it looks a bit dull on the outside, inside the cathedral is covered in beautiful frescoes. The most important work of art is the enormous fresco on the dome of the Assumption of the Virgin Ma...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Cathedral of Parma. It would be inconceivable to miss a handsome monument! Not to Miss!
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  • August 17, 2017
    If you are in Parma in passing or just for a touch and go, this is a must see. Can't anybody stop by and ignore the grandeur of the Cathedral and its beauty, among the sculpture of the Antelami and the divinely dome frescoed. The fact that, despite being a tourist destination, being little known, gives to this place that quid more necessary to visit them at their best and remain genuinely amazed by it. From the outside you can admire the Bell Tower, the pediment unearthed in recent works of restoration (think they have discovered the engravings because lightning years ago struck the steeple and helped bring me back to light!)
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  • Beautiful! I might raise a few complaints with this, but I felt that the painted frescoes were easily comparable to the Sistine Chapel. The painted ceiling was lovely to look at, and the cathedral had a nice, peaceful vibe to it. You weren't herded along like you were in the more popular places of worship. The piazza outside is lovely too, and quite impressive with the surrounding buildings. Entry is free, which is a nice bonus!
  • Amazing frescos. We visited twice at different times of the day as it was dark at our first visit. (Sun helps really bring out the details and beauty of the dome and ceiling, by the way) very quiet. Very solemn.
  • Its a beautiful cathedral that is hidden from the main road. The art work on the walls is really good and the side chapels are very well done.
  • The paintings inside the church are wonderful. The cupola fresco of the Assumption by Antonio da Correggio is one of the most beautiful paintings to see. You won't get the same feeling seeing it in a picture as seeing ir live.
  • beautiful cathedral in Parma. the nave and sanctuary are distinctly separated by a flight of stairs that makes this cathedral very unique.

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Virtually all of the old town center's tourist sites are within easy walking distance of each other, so can explore them by staying either at a hotel in the area or a less expensive inn in one of the nearby residential neighborhoods. Staying close to the town center allows you quick access to the finest shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries. If urban attractions aren't your priority and you have a limited budget, consider staying at a working farm just outside the city.
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