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Perugia Cathedral, Perugia

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Perugia Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Perugia, Umbria, central Italy, dedicated to Saint Lawrence. Formerly the seat of the bishops and archbishops of Perugia, it has been since 1986 the archiepiscopal seat of the Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve.HistoryFrom the establishment of the bishopric, a cathedral existed in Perugia in different locations, until, in 936-1060, a new edifice, corresponding to the transept of the present cathedral, was built here. The current cathedral, dedicated from the beginning as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Sant'Ercolano dates from a project of 1300 by Fra Bevignate that was initiated in 1345 and completed in 1490. The external decoration in white and pink marble lozenges (adapted from Arezzo Cathedral) was never completed; a trial section can still be seen on the main façade.
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Where to stay in Perugia

For a view over the city's rooftops, book your stay at a hotel in one of the old town's heritage-rich hotels. Within walking distance from Perugia's main tourist sites, centrally located hotels offer complimentary parking, free Wi-Fi, and quick access to fine shops and restaurants. If all you need is a quiet room and a warm meal, explore the private inns and hostels on the edge of the city. Many Umbrian farmhouses, surrounded by olive groves and ancient vineyards, also offer good-value rooms just a short drive from the city.
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  • Unlike other Italian cathedrals the Cathedral of Perugia does not face the main town square. Instead its side forms a part of the plaza with the pulpit of St. Bernardino to the right of the side door ...  more »
  • This duomo seems out of place in a country filled with art treasures. It happens to be the most boring architectural structure in all of Italy.  more »
  • Lovely to come in out from the crowds of the square to the peace and quiet of the cathedral. You are able to sit, take in the environment and think.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. Buildings that carries history in it. This is located on a big cobblestone Street that is very popular in Perugia.
  • Beautiful and interesting cathedral.
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  • The Cathedral is dedicated to one of the patron saints of the city of San Lorenzo. Inside the chapel of the sacred ring.
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  • Cathedral internally the churches, with many frescoes and relics. The outside doesn't look like a church (looks like a town hall), but this is the best thing.
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