Casale Monferrato Cathedral

Casale Monferrato, Italy

Casale Monferrato Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Evasius. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Casale Monferrato. The present Romanesque and Gothic structure was first consecrated in 1107 or 1108, but a previous church from the 9th century stood on the site.

The cathedral has a narthex. The interior has five naves, of which the central one is marked by tall polychrome columns rising two storeys. The ceilings are frescoed, sometimes sky blue.

On the south, the first chapel houses an 18th-century marble statuary group depicting the Ecstasy of Mary Magdalen by Giovanni Battista Bernero. A small column monogrammed with the sign of Christ is the spot where the town's patron saint, Evasius, was martyred. Tradition maintains that if someone puts his or her ear to the column, it is possible to hear the blood of the saint flowing.

The south arm of the transept opens onto the elliptical Chapel of Saint Evasius (1793), a Baroque feature which houses the relics of the saint in a silver statue, restored despite looting. The apse of the cathedral has an 11th-century crucifix. The ceiling of the apse was frescoed by Costantino Sereno, depicting Christ in Glory with Angels.

Behind the church is a museum of religious artworks.



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Founded: 1107
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Luciana Crevani (2 years ago)
Really nice with its façade framed by two thirteenth-century bell. But that leaves you speechless is the narthex in front of the entrance, with its arches, women's galleries, mullioned windows: spectacular. L 'interior has five naves and there are the relics of Sant'Evasio patron of the city and a medieval crucifix silver and semiprecious stones, that casalesi him away from the Cathedral of Alexandria during the war between the two cities. Definitely worth the visit.
paola kisner iviglia (5 years ago)
Chios Apostolos (5 years ago)
Great place, beautiful city!
Mark Rowe (6 years ago)
Nice place,you can spend a lot of time here.
Andrea Gino (6 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral, definitely worth a visit
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