Irsina Cathedral

Irsina, Italy

Irsina Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located in Irsina in the region of Basilicata, Italy. Since 1977 it has been a co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Matera-Irsina, and was previously, from 1818, a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Gravina-Irsina. Before that it was the seat of the Diocese of Montepeloso. The present building was constructed in the 13th century and remodelled in 1777. It has a Baroque façade and a Gothic campanile. It contains a baptismal font of red marble and a number of 18th-century paintings of the Neapolitan School.

The cathedral also contains a well-known marble statue of Saint Euphemia. This has been attributed by some critics to Mantegna, and was exhibited as his at Mantua in 2009. Others however, including Giovanni Agosti, curator of the Mantegna exhibition at the Louvre, attribute it to Pietro Lombardo. The discussion continues.



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Founded: 1777
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Mario Albrizio (8 months ago)
The church is full of goodies and suggestive corners. But the real experience is the guide, the amazing Vitograzio who enchanted us and made our trip to Irsina truly special. Not to be missed.
Giancarlo Sisca (9 months ago)
Construction that begins its presence in the tenth century. Remodeled and rebuilt, the bell tower and the Romanesque crypt remain of its original origin which, a pity, does not welcome with all its historical strength due to an evident abandonment during the work of what should have been the restoration and maintenance project. When you enter the church, the guide does not go unnoticed who welcomes visitors with historical knowledge of this place of worship, illustrating and enriching with details of local culture. Irsina is one of the most beautiful villages in Basilicata and beyond, whoever arrives there cannot help but give a little more time to visit this ancient place and interesting co-cathedral, as well as getting to know, perhaps, the only sculptural work by Mantegna .
F DFD (2 years ago)
Amazing history and kept lovely. With curious links to the Knights Templar.
Tommaso Formato (2 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral where the statue of Sant'Eufemia by Mantegna is kept, a priceless heritage. It is a very rare testimony of the sculptural activity of the Renaissance artist, of which the sources speak. Thanks to the guide who explained all the beauties of the cathedral to us.
Irene Colonna (2 years ago)
Very interesting church. Mr. Vito showed us and explained every little facet of the church, the statues, the paintings, the crypt. Fantastic and helpful person, it is evident that he loves that place
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