By Admin | Last Updated December 09, 2019
The Duomo was built in 1187 and is the main Catholic church in Verona. It was named as Saint Mary. The first Christian church in Verona, built in the fourth century preceded the Duomo. Another bigger church was added later one. The earthquake of 1117 destroyed many existing buildings. The Duomo was finished in 1187 and consecrated on the 13th of September, the same year. Alteration and additions were made over the subsequent years. The cathedral is archaeologically rich too.
The Cathedral has a 12th century Romanesque chancel, Gothic nave and Classical tower. The remarkable main doorway, in the Lombard Romanesque style, is adorned with figures of the prophets on the splaying and with bas-reliefs by Nicolo, two of which represent Roland and Oliver, on the uprights. The interior displays fine red marble pillars. The chancel is enclosed by a marble balustrade designed by Sanmicheli in the 16th century. To the left of the cathedral within Romanesque cloisters, the remains of the original basilica have been laid bare. Parts of the mosaic flooring and some columns can be seen. The canons’ quarters are pleasant to walk through.
The Italian master Titian’s “Assumption of the Virgin” adorns the altar of the cathedral.
|Location||Duomo di Verona|
|Address||Piazza Duomo, 21, 37121 Verona VR, Italy|
|Nearest Bus Station||Piazza Duomo 6, Via Garibaldi 24, Via Garibaldi 21|
|Timings||November to February – Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm. Sunday & Festivals: 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. March to October – Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm Sunday & Festivals: 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.|
The façade, built in the sixteenth century, is of white and rose marble. The three parts has floral patterns and scenes of hunting. The façade was finally completed in 1587. The Gothic windows are of the fourteenth century.
The Duomo Cathedral houses one of the oldest and functioning continuously library in the world. In fact, it is also known as “Queen of Ecclesiastical Collections”. The library contains works of ancient Classical tradition and Christian writings.
It’s a prime example of how the Duomo has grown over the centuries. Standing at 75 meters, it has ten bells. The lower part was built in Romanesque style while the middle part was built in the sixteenth century and the upper part in the twentieth century. Michele Sanmicheli started the tower but it is still unfinished. Legend has it that nothing should be taller than Lamberti Tower in Verona. The bells are rung in the unique Veronese bellringing art.