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. For Cattedrale di Parma and beyond, use our Parma attractions planner to get the most from your Parma vacation.
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  • Interior full of colorful frescos, from floor to ceiling. The crypt is also interesting, theoretically reserved for praying only, but large groups went down, breaking a bit the atmosphere. Worth to...  more »
  • the church is so grand that it has three storeys, with lots of paintings on every chamber wall and the ceilings. You can feel peaceful when you are inside.  more »
  • The outside square is quite pretty. The interior is stunning, as a local friend told me, the colours and painting style is very Parmense. Highly recommend visiting, and it’s free to visit.  more »
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  • Amazing. I don't have any other word to describe my experience. Faith, art, history, culture all mixed together. There's so much to learn and to consider.
  • This is a place definitely worth visiting in Parma. Though it is pretty old, it is well preserved up to date, and very quiet and pleasant as well.
  • Beautiful... a real must see in Parma. Do not pay for the 2€ to illuminate the chapel if is still sunny outside, unless you like to donate; I would rather suggest to use the 2€ at the entrance to listed the descriptive audio guide.
  • Let the photos do the talking. Free to enter (you may wish to make a donation however). The baptistery on the left as you come out is also impressive but there is a fee.
  • What a beautiful cathedral. Definitely worth going. The roof is amazing. There is no entrance fee, which is nice. Usually churches charge money to enter.

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