Albenga Cathedral

Albenga, Italy

Albenga Cathedral  is the seat of the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia. A church has occupied the site since the turn of the 4th to the 5th century, but the present structure is medieval, built in about 1100, with a major rebuilding in the second half of the 12th century, and another in 1582. A restoration project in the 1970s largely returned the building to the medieval structure. The campanile was rebuilt in its present form in the 1390s.

The relics of Saint Veranus (San Verano), who was instrumental in the Christianisation of Albenga in the 6th century, are preserved in a shrine.

The cathedral interior is well stocked with sculptures and works of art. The 19th century ceiling frescos are by Maurizio and Tommaso Carrega. Other frescos, particularly those in the apse, are of the 15th century. The right hand nave contains a fresco by the artist Il Pancalino of Saint Clare and two donors, and of the Crucifixion with Saints Anthony the Great and John the Evangelist, with the bishop of Albenga. The altarpiece on the high altar depicts Saint Veranus, Saint Michael and John the Baptist.

The cathedral also owns two paintings of the late 14th century by Luca Baudo of Saint Eligius and Saint Ampelius; a painting of the 'Miracle of San Verano' by Giovanni Lanfranco; and a Madonna and Child with saints by Orazio de Ferrari (the last two are not publicly displayed for security reasons).

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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Boyan Aleksandrov (2 years ago)
The cathedral
Jiequan Li (4 years ago)
Beautiful churches
Giovanna Alice (5 years ago)
Una bellissima Chiesa mi ha fatto piacere visitarla, ci sono belle immagini, quello che mi è piaciuto di più è stata la raffigurazione della Madonna di Lourdes e Bernadette, per me molto care. Sono stata molto felice di aver fatto questa visita.
paul storer (5 years ago)
A beautiful Cathedral.. Ceiling painted wth murals.. On the whole it is worth a visit and see the fabulous alter and just to sit and soak up the atmosphere.. A++++
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