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The baptistery.

I have been to Parma twice in some months only. The first ime I visited this city didn' t impressed me much. I appreciated it more the second time I visited it.

Parma is not a very beautiful city, but it is nice. It has a good choice of things to see. There are several churches to visit; some museums; a large park and a plethora of shops.

One of Parma' s main sights is the baptistery. This octagonal tall structure was built in 1196 and finished in 1307. Inside it is decorated with frescoes between the XIII and the XIV centuries. There are also frescoes on its dome. These were painted in the third decade of the XIII centuries. Beside the baptistery you see the cathedral of Parma (the duomo).

Inside the baptistery.
It' s highlight is the dome. It was painted by Antonio Allegri, called Correggio between 1524 and 1530.  It depicts the Virgin Mary with clouds, apostles and angels.I think one should do more than one visit to the cathedral to appreciate this worship place. 

I also visited several other churches in Parma. One of these; the church of saint John the Evangelist is part of a monastery.  Here I visited the cloisters and  the old library.  ThisI  was frescoed  in one year  only; between 1574  and  1575.  A priest told me a lot of things about this library and talked me about the frescoes of this beautiful room.

Sometimes, on the way to my hotel I had a stroll at a large public park; the Parco Ducale. It was laid out in 1561 by the duke Ottavio Farnese as park for his villa.

Another pic taken inside the baptistery.
In 1700 fell under disrepair. After 1749 it was restored. It was later restored even in the 1800 and between the years 2000 and 2001. This park has a large lake, various kind of trees and some beautiful statues. There are some buildings inside as well; including the Palazzo del Giardino. I haven' t visited this palace, but I will do it next time I visit Parma.

Art lovers can spend lots of time  inside the Palazzo della Pilotta. It is  a huge palace built from 1583 and enlarged through the centuries. It houses more than 700 masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the 1900. Moreover there is a wooden theater inside this  palace; the Farnese theater.  There are also a couple (or more) of museums inside the palace. I only did a very fast tour inside this palace, so I cannot write much about it.

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Maurizioago says:
@Walter...yes Parma is partly very old, but it is mostly a modern city. The old core is really nice though.

Ciao!
Posted on: Feb 21, 2018
walterman9999 says:
Looks like a nice old place with history.
Posted on: Feb 17, 2018
Maurizioago says:
Eh eh!
Posted on: Dec 12, 2017
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The baptistery.
The baptistery.
Inside the baptistery.
Inside the baptistery.
Another pic taken inside the bapti…
Another pic taken inside the bapt…
Part of the dome of the baptistery.
Part of the dome of the baptistery.
Another part of the dome of the ba…
Another part of the dome of the b…
Closeup of the baptistery.
Closeup of the baptistery.
The cathedral s dome.
The cathedral' s dome.
Inside the cathedral.
Inside the cathedral.
Inside the cathedral.
Inside the cathedral.
The cathedral at night.
The cathedral at night.
Inside saint John monastery s lib…
Inside saint John monastery' s li…
Inside saint John monastery s lib…
Inside saint John monastery' s li…
Another fresco at the saint John m…
Another fresco at the saint John …
Part of the vault of saint John s…
Part of the vault of saint John' …
Part of the vault of saint John s…
Part of the vault of saint John' …
Part of the vault of saint John s…
Part of the vault of saint John' …
Inside the park.
Inside the park.
One of the statues of the park.
One of the statues of the park.
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Pic taken near one of the entranc…
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