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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Genoa, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 44° 24.475 E 008° 55.850
32T E 494492 N 4917183
Quick Description: The Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Italian: Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is a church in the Italian city of Genoa, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Genoa.
Location: Liguria, Italy
Date Posted: 4/18/2010 6:11:22 AM
Waymark Code: WM8M97
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
Views: 19

Long Description:
"The cathedral was probably founded in the 5th or 6th century AD, devoted to St. Sirus, bishop of Genoa. Later a church devoted to the Twelve Apostles was built, which was in turn flanked and replaced by a new cathedral dedicated to St. Lawrence martyr, in the Romanesque style.

The piazza, in the absence of other public squares and centers of lay power, was the city's only public space during the entire Middle Ages. The cathedral was consecrated by Pope Gelasius II in 1118. Starting from 1133 the church had archepiscopal rank. After the fire of 1296, provoked by fights between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the building was partly restored and partly rebuilt. Between 1307 and 1312 the façade was completed, the inner colonnades rebuilt with capitals and matronei added. The Romanesque structures remained mostly untouched, and frescoes of religious subjects were also added.

Various altars and chapels have been erected between the 14th and 15th the century. The small loggia on the northeastern tower of the façade was built in 1455; the opposite one, in Mannerist style, is from 1522. In 1550 the Perugian architect Galeazzo Alessi was commissioned by the city magistrates to plan the reconstruction of the entire building; however, he executed only the covering of the nave and aisles, the pavement, the dome and the apse.

The construction of the cathedral ended in the 17th century. The dome and the medieval parts were restored in 1894-1900."
Via San Lorenzo I-16128 Genoa Italy

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Date founded or constructed: 1100-1118

Web site: [Web Link]

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