Church in Rimini
The Malatesta Temple stands as a prime exemplar of Renaissance architecture within Rimini. This remarkable edifice was commissioned in 1447 by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, a patron of the arts and learning, during whose reign Rimini flourished as one of Italy’s vibrant hubs for culture and intellectual pursuits.
The temple’s exterior was masterfully crafted by the renowned architect Leon Battista Alberti, while the interior was enriched by the artistic touch of Matteo de’Pasti. Within its hallowed walls, visitors are treated to the sight of Giotto’s Crucifix, frescoes painted by the esteemed Piero della Francesca, and intricately carved reliefs by Agostino di Duccio.
Unfortunately, construction of the temple was halted in 1460 due to Sigismondo’s waning fortunes, and the church remained incomplete. In 1809, the temple underwent a transformation, becoming dedicated to St. Columba and ascending to the status of a cathedral.
Tragically, during the bombings of 1943, the temple endured significant damage, prompting the commencement of its first restoration in 1950. Subsequently, on September 29, 2002, the temple was consecrated as a basilica. In a momentous development, new restoration efforts were initiated, generously funded by the Cassa di Risparmio di Rimini Foundation during the Jubilee year. These restoration works revitalized the marble and reinstated the vivid colors of the interior chapels, returning the temple to its former splendour.
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Visiting Tempio Malatestiano
Weekday hours: 8.30 am – 12.00 am; 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Holiday Hours: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm; 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm