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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Shannon Wentworth (16 months 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 (20 months 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.
V K (2 years ago)
It this was anywhere outside of Italy, it would have been magnificent. Otherwise, it is an ordinary church. If you have limited time in Mantua, see Sant’ Andrea instead.
Alberto Agosti (2 years ago)
Kinda of "duomo di Ferrara" experience:the external walls of this church tell about centuries and styles mingling because of the romanic bell-,tower,the 15° century guglie and Red cotto and the 18th°cent. fassade. The inside is a pure line-up of uninteresting side-chapels built 200 yrs back and did not impress me at all.
eranga perera (2 years ago)
Very different amazing architectural cathedral.How lovely to visit this great cathedral.mantua had Fascinating medieval and unique historical buildings.lovely place to visit with children and family.also best with the groups.we(our group)also enjoyed very very long hour lovely wonderful amazing boat ride.it is the wonderful boat ride I ever had in my life.only problem we had (on this day 05/05/2019) is the bad weather.heavy rains and bad light effected to our tour.
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