Alessandria Cathedral

Alessandria, Italy

Alessandria Cathedral is dedicated to Saints Peter and Mark. It is the seat of the Bishop of Alessandria. A diocese centred on Alessandria was created in 1175 by Pope Alexander III, and a cathedral dedicated to Saint Peter was built as the bishop's seat at that time. It was too small however, so was demolished and rebuilt between 1288 and 1297. This cathedral was demolished for military tactical reasons on the order of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803.

The dispossessed bishop and chapter received the permission of the French general of the occupying troops to elevate the church of St Mark to the status of cathedral. This church had been built in the 13th century for the use of the Dominicans. The French troops had commandeered it in 1797 for quarters. The church had however to be rebuilt: this took place from 1807 to 1810, and the new Neo-classical cathedral, named after both Saint Peter and Saint Mark, opened in December 1810.

A major restoration was carried out from 1875 to 1879, and the cathedral was actually consecrated only in 1879, at the end of these further works. The interior was badly damaged by fire in 1925, and was extensively refurbished between 1925 and 1929.



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Founded: 1807-1810
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Pasq. 22 (12 months ago)
Cattedrale davvero bella. Situata in centro e raggiungibile benissimo a piedi, la cattedrale si presenta fuori con una bella facciata di impatto e il campanile ancora più bello; all'interno tutto decorato e pieno di opere da vedere. Il tetto è un qualcosa di stupendo.
Ciro Magliulo (15 months ago)
Mammoth cathedral; walking through the aisles took me back in time, it was like being in one of those ancient gothic cathedrals. The frescoes and the central dome with the statues of the knights of the Lombard league are beautiful. Not to mention the huge bell tower, 106 m high but which to the eye seems much more motion. For those who are in the area and love excursions and visits, it is certainly a very suggestive place to visit, rich in history and knowledge. ⛪
dave vergara (2 years ago)
Solemn place
The Lazy Traveler (4 years ago)
Beautiful place
Sajeev M P (4 years ago)
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