Mantua Cathedral

Mantua, Italy

Mantua Cathedral (Duomo di Mantova) is the seat of the Bishop of Mantua. An initial structure probably existed on the site in the Early Christian era, which was followed by a building destroyed by a fire in 894. The current church was rebuilt in 1395–1401 with the addition of side chapels and a Gothic west front, which can still be seen in a sketch by Domenico Morone (preserved in the Palazzo Ducale of Mantua). The bell tower has seven bells.

After another fire in the 16th century, Giulio Romano rebuilt the interior but saved the frontage, which was replaced however in 1756–61 by the current Baroque one in Carrara marble. Notable characteristics of the Renaissance structure are the cusps, decorated with rose windows on the south side, which end at the Gothic bell tower.



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Founded: 1395-1401
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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Kristýna Vacardová (10 months ago)
Truly a beautiful cathedral worth a visit. The ceiling is especially interesting. Free entry.
Monika H (17 months ago)
Nice church, interesting speech during the mass
Andrea Nori (2 years ago)
A bautiful place of worship that is definitely worth a visit
Shannon Wentworth (4 years ago)
There are beautiful churches all over Italy, but this is one of my favorites. I could spend hours studying the dome.
Alexandre Nunes de Oliveira (4 years ago)
One of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever seen. It's impressive how luminous it is and, obviously, the painting decoration is outstanding.
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