Palmi Cathedral

Palmi, Italy

Palmi Cathedral is the principal church of Palmi in Italy, and co-cathedral of the diocese of Oppido Mamertina-Palmi. There are no accurate reports on the age in which this parish was established. Between 1310 and 1311, is attested in Palmi a church of St. Nicholas was the only one in the village. The church of St. Nicholas is again reminded in some acts of 1532. The church, in 1586, stood clear of the city walls.

In the 18th century, the clergy and the authorities of Palmi strove because the church was elevated to a collegiate church. The church, which was rebuilt in the period 1740–1743, was destroyed by the 1783 Calabrian earthquakes. In March 1786 the church was rebuilt.

The church was again damaged by an earthquake in 1894. Then it was provided once again in its reconstruction, but came the 1908 Messina earthquake which caused further serious damage to the structure that prejudiced use. Therefore, in 1909, proceeded to the demolition of the building.

The new and current collegiate church of St. Nicholas, was opened for worship in 1932 and was dedicated to the 'Madonna of the Letter', the main protector of the city.

In the main façade, next to the church was completed in 1956 the Civic Tower with clock.


The building is in Romanesque Revival architecture style. In the main facade is placed an artistic canopy and a porch and a small 'portico' with four columns. On the left side there is the civic tower town which functions also as a bell tower of the church.

In its interior, with a Latin cross plan, there is a nave and two aisles on which there are two apses, respectively, to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Palmi, and to the Sacred Heart.

Above the cover are octagonal dome, without windows, and side of the church there is a chapel to officiate minor functions.

In the walls of the aisles you can see a painting of 'St. Joseph with the Child Jesus' (1892), a painting of 'St. Francis of Assisi in adoration of the Cross' (1932), a wooden statue of 'St. Joseph with the Child Jesus' (18th century), a statue a wooden 'Assumption of Mary' (18th century).

On the main altar, made of marble, is exposed a precious ancient icon of 'Our Lady of the Letter' (1774).

In a chapel, built recently, is a shrine in which is placed the relic of the Holy Hair.



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Founded: 1786
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Giuse Rome (3 years ago)
Very beautiful
Viola Reinhardt (4 years ago)
beautiful church, reflection and tranquility. Absolutely worth seeing
Vincenzo Filippone (5 years ago)
Because in this church no one is excluded, there is also the entrance for the disabled
Carmelo Cannizzaro (5 years ago)
Mimmo Palmi (5 years ago)
The Co-cathedral of the Oppido-Palmi Diocese is a church built after the earthquake of 1908 but is full of history. First of all the Relic of the Madonna (a hair) Donated to Palmi for the aid to the Messinian people during the great plague of the century. XVI from the sailors. An eighteenth-century altar of the previous church destroyed by the earthquake, where the Icon of the Madonna of the Byzantine school is located, valuable nineteenth-century paintings, such as that of the painter Domenico Augimeri, is much more. Visiting it with a guide will be a pleasant discovery.
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