Treviso Cathedral

Treviso, Italy

Treviso Cathedral originates from the 6th century and stands in an area where during the Ancient Roman period there were a temple, a theatre and possibly some baths. In the 11th-12th centuries the church was remodelled in Romanesque style. In 1768 it was demolished and rebuilt in Neoclassical style, only the crypt remaining from the previous edifice. The current façade dates from 1836. Treviso Cathedral was involved in the Good Friday bombing of 7 April 1944, having part of its library damaged by fire.

Sights in the interior include the Malchiostro Chapel, designed by Tullio and Antonio Lombardo, which was frescoed by Il Pordenone and which houses the Malchiostro Annunciation by Titian and two canvasses by Paris Bordone.

The church has an unfinished bell tower, whose construction, according to the tradition, was stopped by the Venetian government to prevent it from becoming taller than the campanile of St. Mark's Basilica. The crypt houses the tombs of the city's bishops.

The Diocesan Museum is home to a fresco by Tommaso da Modena.



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Piazza Duomo 3, Treviso, Italy
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Founded: 1768
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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LAMA & LAMA (Now Or Never) (12 months ago)
Place! there is peace of mind......???
Thomas Maierhofer (13 months ago)
Well worth a visit! Astonishing architecture, build on top of the previous church, which is now accessible underneath the cathedral. And you get to see the amazing Malchiostro Annunciation by Titian!
Jessica Natal (20 months ago)
When you see it you think its like a roman building, we didn’t have a chance to see it in the interior because they close from 12pm to 4pm but in the exterior looks really nice and big!
Karol Tomasch (2 years ago)
Nice historical cathedral.
Dam Car (2 years ago)
Many people who visit northern Italy visit Venice, but they should also visit Treviso! A good place to start is Treviso Cathedral, built in the neoclassical style with its imposing row of columns at the main door. Inside it is quite light with many interesting features to see. Everybody goes to visit "The Annunciation" by Titian, (in a chapel next to the sanctuary) but we should also remember that one of its famous sons is Joseph Sarto - Pope Saint Pius X. He was Cathedral Canon, Diocesan Chancellor and Spiritual Director of the seminary from 1875 to 1884, before being appointed Bishop of Mantua. To the right of the sanctuary is the altar dedicated to Saint Pius X, with a bronze statue sculpted by Toni Benetton in 1954 (the year of his beatification). Inside the sanctuary are two paintings depicting him as pope as well as a carved inscription above the Canons seat that he occupied in the cathedral as Canon. The crypt is also very interesting, housing the tombs of the Treviso bishops. Around the back is the Diocesan Museum – well worth a visit (but only open a few days a week) and also a recently discovered Roman mosaic, possible from some ancient Roman baths or temple
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