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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Piacenza Cathedral

Campanile is an Italian word meaning "bell tower"

Façade and the campanile

Piacenza Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Piacenza, Italy. It was built between 1122 and 1233 and is one of the most valuable examples of a Romanesque cathedral in northern Italy. It is the seat of the diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio.

 Detail of the right transept

The Duomo has a total external length of 85 m, and a façade height of 32 m, measures which make it the largest Romanesque church in Emilia-Romagna. The façade, in Veronese pink marble and gilded stone, is horizontally divided by a gallery that dominates the three portals, decorated with capitals and Romanesque statues.

The interior has a nave and two aisles, divided by twenty-five massive pillars. Its noteworthy frescoes were made in the 14th-16th centuries by Camillo Procaccini and Ludovico Carracci, while the frescos inside the dome are by Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli, "il Morazzone", and Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, best known as "Guercino". The presbytery has a wooden sculpture from 1479, wooden choirstalls by Giangiacomo da Genova (1471) and 15th century statues of the Lombard school.

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