Cattedrale di Terracina, Terracina

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Terracina Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Terracina, Italy, dedicated to Saint Caesarius of Terracina and formerly to Saint Peter. Formerly the episcopal seat of the diocese of Terracina, it is now a co-cathedral in the diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno.
The cathedral was built in the 5th-6th centuries using the remains of a Roman temple with five naves in the city forum. The building underwent many alterations and restorations, among them those of the 11th century (reflecting its change of dedication from Saint Peter to the city's patron saint Caesarius of Terracina in 1074), of the 13th century and above all the extreme restoration in the Baroque style of the 18th century, which reduced the church from five naves to three with the construction of side chapels and the covering over of the Romanesque A-framed ceiling with barrel vaulting.
The cathedral was the site of the Papal conclave of 1088 which elected Pope Urban II.
, the cathedral is undergoing another restoration.
The portico, which stands at the top of a flight of 30 steps on the podium of the Roman temple, is of artistic interest. It contains six reused Classical columns with a triumphal arch in the centre, surmounted by an ancient entablature with mosaic decorations including the figures of a winged monster, an eagle, palms, deer, birds, bulls and other things. Beneath the portico are a funerary basin of the Roman age and pairs of beasts crouching to either side of the bases of the columns. A further 7 steps lead to the two entrances to the cathedral, of which the principal one is decorated with marble friezes of the Augustan period.
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  • This church is in the old section of Terracina and you walk by it on the way to the Temple of Jupiter. There's not much to do here but it is very picturesque and standing and looking at it doesn't...  more »
  • Sitting on the piazza, listening to the beautiful song or music from the church. You just leave the table and enter the church for a touch of heaven  more »
  • The cathedral was built between V and VI century using what remained of an ancient Roman temple with five naves of the city Forum; It was dedicated to Saint Caesarean deacon, martyr in Terracina in the SECOND century. [2] The building underwent several interventions and restorations, including that of the ELEVENTH century (with the consecration to the patron saint of the city of San Cesareo of 1074), that of the THIRTEENTH century and above all the restoration of the eighteenth, which reduced the church from five to three aisled with the Construction of side chapels and the barrel cover of the ceiling in place of Romanesque trues. News contained in the Liber Pontificalis report of a donation made by Pope Leo IV (847-855), probably referable to the consecration of the church. At the beginning of the ELEVENTH century Pope Alexander II (1061-1073) granted the Diocese of Terracina with all its appurtenances to the abbot of Montecassino Desiderio (1058-1086), who retained the chair until his election as pope in 1086 under the name of Vittore III (1086-1087 ). At his death, in the Cathedral of San Cesareo was celebrated the conclave of 1088 that elected Pope Urban II to the papal throne
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