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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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  • Although it is "battle" of the Titans can definitely compete with other Italian cathedrals far more noble and is definitely worth a visit for both architectural merit for interior decorations (some truly remarkable). Very easy to walk (like everything in Parma) dominates with its discreet grandeur a beautiful square which is completed with the equally remarkable structure of the Baptistery. Having only half an hour to spend in Parma I would suggest definitely this goal.
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  • If you go to Parma is the monument to go see. Only decorated with paintings she is beautiful. And more do not pay to visit
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  • The Cathedral of s. Maria is truly a sight and in our opinion is the real giouello of this city. It is very colorful paintings decorated inside with two beautiful chapels. Definitely worth a visit.
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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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Where to stay in Parma

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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