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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  • 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 »
  • Cathedral of Parma. It would be inconceivable to miss a handsome monument! Not to Miss!
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  • 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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  • Remarkable piece of art and history at the heart of the town. I credible architecture. The highlight is the Cupola del Correggio. You need to put a coin in the machine to have it lit up. It's worth it though.
  • Spectacular cathedral with a remarkable level of decoration. The early medieval fabric of the cathedral was been redecorated many times, and is now mostly of Reformation period. Very crowded with tourist groups, but very well managed.
  • It has so much to offer. It's both stunning and historically informative
  • It's really worth a trip to visit Parma and the Cathedral is something not to be missed. Incredible, centuries old building. Inside you could get close to unbelievable artworks. Experience of a lifetime.
  • Is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve visited. Fantastic place. Specially inside. Recommend.

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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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