Vicenza Cathedral

Vicenza, Italy

Vicenza Cathedral construction was begun in 1482, to plans by Lorenzo of Bologna, and completed in the 1560s. The cupola was planned by Andrea Palladio and probably the north doorway also.

Only the original façade survived the bombing of World War II; the rest of the present building has been reconstructed.

The belltower has five bells in the chord of Eb, the oldest one was cast in the 17th century.

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Founded: 1482-1560
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Tomáš Gubáš (8 months ago)
I would offer to visit it
Magda Jochmanová (12 months ago)
Just amazing ararchitecture ❤
Ilonka Schmidt (17 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral. The dome is designed by andrea palladio. You can also visit the crypt downstairs
DAVID SNYDER (18 months ago)
One or two interesting chapels and some other artworks.
Cocoa Swann (20 months ago)
Lovely and fun(ny) to see the gathering of nuns for mass.
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