Cathedral of Saint Andrea, Venzone

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Destroyed after the 1976 earthquake, Cathedral of Saint Andrea was rebuilt along with the rest of the village using original stones and bricks. The church, first established in the 6th century, features a stately, somber exterior and lofty bell tower, with notable medieval frescoes and statues inside. In the 1600s, several mummified bodies were found inside the cathedral, now displayed in the baptistery. A visit to Cathedral of Saint Andrea represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Venzone vacation planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • This church as well as whole town is beautiful. Hard to describe it. Best way is just to visit this place. 
    This church as well as whole town is beautiful. Hard to describe it. Best way is just to visit this place.  more »
  • Utterly charming ancient hill town in Friuli. The historic duomo, at the edge of town, is serene and beautifully preserved. Plan a leisurely stroll through Venzone and cap it with a visit to the... 
    Utterly charming ancient hill town in Friuli. The historic duomo, at the edge of town, is serene and beautifully preserved. Plan a leisurely stroll through Venzone and cap it with a visit to the...  more »
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  • In 1647, laborers working on a cathedral in Venzone, Italy found the eerily preserved remains of a man inside a tomb in the churchyard. His body had dried and shriveled to just 33 pounds, leaving his skin like parchment, but he hadn't decomposed. After more corpses like this one were found in the ensuing decades and centuries, locals and experts alike were long baffled as to how these bodies had been naturally mummified. Since the early 20th century, many have believed that a certain fungus was responsible, while more modern theories say that the particular soil and water conditions are the explanation. However, the mummies of Venzone remain largely mysterious to this day.
  • It's amazing once you are inside. You feel the grandeur of the structure. The architecture is beautiful and the lighting at 4:30 PM is just breathtaking. One of my favorite cathedrals. January the 16th, 2020: the mummy's exhibition is being remodeled, fyi.

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