Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Spoleto

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Entering the 12th-century Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, you'll first notice Solsterno's reflective pink-and-white mosaic decorating the portico's arches. Inside, head to your left to see the cross Alberto Sotio painted in 1187 in the 12th-century style depicting Christ still alive. Look up to the apse to find the Stories of the Virgin Filippo Lippi frescoes, which date from the mid-15th century. The church also houses several chapels. In the Chapel of the Holy Icons, you can see the tablet Emperor Frederick Barbarossa donated to the city as a sign of peace in 1185. Other relics include the perfectly preserved letter St. Francis wrote to Brother Leo on goatskin parchment. Inside the fresco-decorated rectory, view the crypt of St. Primianus, the only surviving relic of the eighth-century church that first stood on this spot. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Spoleto fast, fun, and easy.
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  • I did not expect such a beautiful church outside of Rome or Florence. The dome is full of religious art. I especially liked the little side ship, where there is a window in the ceiling, letting in...  more »
  • Construction of the Duomo begun around 1175 and completed in 1227. The huge Filipo Lippi fresco alone will blow you away! Lippiā€™s tomb is here (1469). Also, there is an authentic letter written from.....  more »
  • In addition to the magnificent Lippi, Pinturrichio and Siculo fresco cycles, this architectural gem is also home to an array of other impressive artworks.
  • A stunningly beautiful chuch, both inside and out, in a grand piazza!
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