Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio

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Piazza della Cattedrale, Ferrara, Italy

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Andy99 Andy99
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A Quiet and Beautiful Cathedral Oct 03, 2012
The Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio (St. George's Cathedral) might be overlooked passing though Ferrara. But that would be unfortunate. After the bustle and crowds at the popular churches of Rome, Pisa, Florence, and Venice, here was a quiet and contemplative place.

The intricate facade facing the Piazza della Cattedrale in the center of the historic district catches ones' attention. The three sectioned Romanesque facade is attributed to the master builder and sculptor Niccolo in the first half of the 12th century (ca. 1135). In the middle of the clean Romanesque lines is a striking Gothic addition. The Last Judgement sculptural group and loggia over the center doorway dates from the early part of the 15th century and is attributed to Michele da Firenze. We had to see what was inside.

Inside were local people waiting for the 11:00 a.m. Mass to begin in a side chapel. No other visitors were there. The lights were off, so it was not easy to see the decorations of the nave and high altar. A fresco of The Last Judgement by Bastiaino (1580) decorates the apse. The artist was definitely influenced by Michelangelo's Last Judgement. There are paintings of St. George and St. Maurilius, both patron saints of Ferrara. There were also lion sculptures in the vestibule and outside, but I did not learn the significance of these. It was interesting to see a working cathedral off the usual path.

Part of the Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, UNESCO World heritage site.
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Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
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Another good review Andy, thanks!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
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Congrats on your featured review Andy!:D
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Impressively decorated Apr 09, 2011
Serving as the largest place of worship in Ferrara, this cathedral is a basilica as well. Work began on the building in the twelfth century, and the facade was made in a Romanesque style (similar to the ones found in Modena and Parma nearby). Inside, the decoration was made in the Baroque style after a fire ravaged the contents in the eighteenth century. It sounds weird, but this seems to be a fortunate event, as the new result was a beautifully decorated interior. I think the chapels and main altar are nicely done, and the lighting is very effective. It’s a great place to see art, but at the same time, the fairly quiet atmosphere and frequent services and worshippers inside makes it an authentic church as well. With fairly generous opening hours and free admission, you’d be mad not to pop in!
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Vipin says:
told you!
Posted on: Jul 16, 2011
Paulovic says:
Wow! It's really beautiful inside!!
Posted on: Jul 16, 2011

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