Cattedrale di San Pietro - Bologna, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
N 44° 29.746 E 011° 20.571
32T E 686265 N 4929608
Quick Description: Bologna Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Peter, is the seat and the metropolitan cathedral of the Archbishop of Bologna. Most of the present building dates from the 17th century, with a few parts from the late 16th century.
Location: Emilia–Romagna , Italy
Date Posted: 7/7/2014 8:06:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMM29B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This plaque is placed on the right side of the main door and it reads:
"Di origini paleocristiane, fu ingrandita nel XII - XIII secolo; il campanile è del XIII; il presbiterio è di D. Tibaldi (1575). La chiesa attuale fu ricostruita su progetto di A. Mazenta (1605) con interventi d A. Torreggiani (1743-47) e di F. Tadolini nel timpano della facciata (1776), ornata da statue di A. Corsini e P. Vershaffelt. Nell'interno acquasantiere sostenute da leoni romanici; dipinti di E. Graziani, M. A. Franceschini, D. Creti, A. Rossi, G. Marchesi, V. M. Bigari; sculture di G. Brunelli, G. Mazza, A. G. Piò, e Compianto in terracotta di A. Lombardi. Nel presbiterio affreschi di L. Carracci, P. Fontana, C. Aretusi e G. B. Fiorini."

English translation:
"Of early Christian origins, was enlarged in XII - XIII century; The bell tower of the thirteenth; the presbytery of D. Tibaldi (1575). The present church was rebuilt to a design by A. Mazenta (1605) with assistance of A. Torreggiani (1743-47) and F. Tadolini in the gable of the façade (1776), decorated with statues by A. Corsini and P. Vershaffelt. Inside holy water fonts supported by Romanesque lions; paintings by E. Graziani, MA Franceschini, D. Crete, A. Rossi, G. Marchesi, VM Bigari; sculptures by G. Brunelli, G. Mazza, AG Piò, and Lamentation in terracotta A. Lombardi. In the presbytery paintings by L. Carracci, P. Fontana, C. Fiorini Aretusi and GB."

The Bologna tourism official website tell us: (visit link)
"St. Pietro is the city cathedral and was made by Pope Gregorio XIII in 1582 seat of the Archbishop (Metropolitana). The building saw its origins in the early Christian era even if the first evidences date back to the 10th century; in the past centuries a baptistery was located in front of the façade.
Next to the church was a cylindrical bell tower similar to the ones in Ravenna, today hidden being contained in the powerful Romanesque church tower which was built during the 12th and 13th centuries. The cathedral was rebuilt after a violent fire broke out in 1141 and then consecrated by Pope Lucio III. A rich marble side prothyrum (the lion door) and a rose window on the front façade were added in the 13th century and in 1396 a portico was also added, then reconstructed in the second half of the 15th century.
Between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century the church was radically restored by various architects and for this reason it lost every trace of the primitive Romanesque-Gothic structure.
The foundation stone was laid on the 26th of March, 1605.
On the initiative of Pope Benedetto XIV from Bologna the church was enhanced with a new façade planned by Alfonso Torreggiani.
Inside the cathedral some paintings and frescoes are noteworthy: the Annuciation by Lodovico Carracci in the lunette of the high altar (1619), the frescoes in the presbytery vault and in the apse (1579), a Crucifixion made with polychromatic cedarwood of the 12th century (already present in the Romanesque cathedral) and the group of terracotta statues representing the Mourning around the Dead Christ by Alfonso Lombardi (1522-26)."
From: (visit link)
Type of Church: Cathedral

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 1/1/1605

Diocese: Bologna

Bologna, Italy

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Dominant Architectural Style: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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