Brescia New Cathedral

Brescia, Italy

Construction of the Brescia New Cathedral, Duomo Nuovo, was begun in 1604 at the site where the paleo-Christian 5th-6th century basilica of San Pietro de Dom was located. The original commission was given to Andrea Palladio, but the commission was subsequently granted to the architect Giovanni Battista Lantana. He was aided by Pietro Maria Bagnadore. Work was interrupted during a season of plague around 1630.

Work slowly but sporadically restarted on the construction, but the final impetus for completion came in the nineteenth century. The facade was designed by Giovanni Battista and Antonio Marchetti, while the dome, completed only in 1825, was designed by Luigi Cagnola and with its 80 meters is one of the highest in Italy.

The present dome was rebuilt after destruction during the Second World War. The facade contains statues of the Virgin of the Assumption and Saints Peter, Paul, James, and John.

Among the interior works of art are a scenes from the life of the Virgin by Girolamo Romanino (MarriageVisitation, and Birth) and a Sacrifice of Isaac by Moretto da Brescia.

The interior contains a monument to the famous Brescian, the Pope Paul VI, found on the left transept. The statue (1975) is a work by Raffaele Scorzelli. The imposing Baroque church towers over the small round and rustic Romanesque church of the Old Cathedral of Brescia (Duomo Vecchio).

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Founded: 1604
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Ognian Dimitrov (16 months ago)
It was started in 1604 (not so new). During the Second World War it was destroyed and then restored. In my view, the old cathedral is more interesting.
Ludovica Roselli (2 years ago)
Very nice but beware of the super long lunch break, 12-15 they're closed. It's worth a visit to go see both the new and the old cathedral. It's very interesting to see how the new cathedral the marble is cracked all around due to the several wars witnessed by the city. The old church has some beautiful frescoes behind the altar that are definitely worth checking!
Den (2 years ago)
Magnificent structural design and the place is very serene.
DAVID SNYDER (2 years ago)
Monumental and impressive interior with a handful of interesting altarpieces.
Oleg Naumov (3 years ago)
Although I am no admirer of baroque but church is beautiful.
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