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! Lippi’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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