Ferrara Cathedral

Cathedral in Ferrara

Ferrara Cathedral
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The Cathedral of San Giorgio Martire or Cathedral of Saint George, designed by Wiligelmus and consecrated in 1135, stands as a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture. Over the centuries, the cathedral has undergone several renovations, resulting in an eclectic style that seamlessly combines various architectural elements. The central structure and portal represent Romanesque influences, while the upper part of the façade features Gothic design, and the Renaissance campanile adds yet another layer of architectural history.

The sculptures adorning the main portal are attributed to Nicholaus. The upper section of the main façade, characterized by arcades of pointed arches, dates from the 13th century. The marble lions reclining at the entrances are reproductions of the original statues, which are now housed in the cathedral’s museum. A detailed relief from the 13th century, depicting the Last Judgment, can be found on the second level of the porch.

The interior of the cathedral underwent a baroque-style restoration in 1712. The marble campanile, often attributed to Leon Battista Alberti, was initiated in 1412 but remains incomplete, lacking one projected additional storey and a dome, as evident in numerous historical prints and paintings depicting the structure.

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Visiting Ferrara Cathedral


Every day 9.00-12.00 /


Free / Donation

Address: Ferrara Cathedral, Piazza della Cattedrale, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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