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Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Assunta

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Borzov wrote a review Oct 2018
Rijeka, Croatia4,389 contributions1,066 helpful votes
The cathedral of Terni has a long history, starting in the 7th century when the first cathedral was built, to be restored and reconstructed several times in its history. The present look is the result of the last restoration in the 18th century and the repair works from the first half of the 20th century. The west front of the cathedral has a wide porch eighth a double colonnade and on the upper part is a balustrade with statues of the eight bishops of the city. The elegant interior is based on the Latin cross floorplan with a central nave and side chapels containing some interesting paintings.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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KTGP wrote a review Sep 2018
Adelaide, Australia5,912 contributions695 helpful votes
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Excavations in 1999 determined Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Assunta is built over a 6th century church. The apse of an oratory were discovered with graves, concluding it was built over a cemetery. In the 9th century a church was built over the top of the 6th century structure. In 1174 the church was destroyed and a new one was built on its remains in the 12th century. It would undergo re-modelling over the following centuries. The 12th century main portal has survived, it has bronze doors created by Bruno Ceccobelli in 2000. There is a crypt 9th century (?), however we didn’t see this. The façade with its double row columned portico, has three Romanesque doors with friezes. The balustrade features 1930’s statues by Corrado Vigni, of eight saints of Terni, including Saint Valentine who was born in Terni and the patron saint of the city. The original campanile was destroyed in an earthquake in 1703, the current one dates from 1738. There is an excellent 15th century fresco fragment of St Antony Abbot. The 1585 baptismal font features the communes coat of arms. The highly controversial 2007 ‘Resurrection’/‘Mystic Net’ fresco by Ricardo Cinalli, which was commissioned by Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, takes up a good portion of the back wall. It features Christ with a local hairdresser’s face, holding nets in each hand filled with naked and scantily clad transsexuals, prostitutes, homosexuals, criminals and drug dealers in erotic poses, he is thought to be taking them to heaven. Vincenzo Paglia is featured in the net wearing his zucchetto and clutching onto a man, the same net includes, Father Fabio Leonardis with a heart tattooed on his biceps, he along with Paglia oversaw the artists work. It has been referred to as, homoerotic, blasphemous, devil’s work and disgusting, with rumours it maybe painted over. While interesting not quite sure what to make of it. The façade is a bit of a mish mash between the portico, wings of the building and bell tower but somehow, it doesn’t detract from the overall building. Have a look at Fontana di Corrado Vigni opposite the duomo. The sculptures are by Corrado Vigni, who also sculpted the statues on the balcony of the duomo. The fountain is dedicated to Cascata delle Marmore and depicts the linking of the River Velino and River Nera, which form the falls. The fountain was created in 1935, however the basin is thought to be from the 1600’s.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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iperspazio wrote a review Jan 2017
Province of Terni, Italy272 contributions32 helpful votes
Four streets accessing the Cathedral of Terni, a one remembers the name of Lodovico Aminale from Terni, "the brave soldier to Barletta tournament, the other, called Via dell'Arringo, commemorates the place where the popular assemblies were held to rule in peace than in war, the needs of the free city of Terni, the third is via the Bishopric that starts from the beginning of the Public Gardens where there is a monument to the fallen of the Great war of 1915/1918 to the ancient amphitheater that fù built in the 1st century AD, the fourth via XI Febbraio leading onto Via Cavour which once went on Via Delle Carrozze, which has been for a long time together with the Via Flaminia, the road collecting the most traffic of the city. It 'very difficult to determine the time of the first construction, although during the last restoration made the porch of Bernini paving they came to light the remains of a sixth-century apse with numerous burials. Inside the church, under the choir, it is a construction attributed to S. Pellegrino, the first bishop of the city. Later the bishop S. Anastasio founded the major temple dedicated it to Mary's Assumption into heaven, but the restoration and reductions made under Cardinal Rapaccioli in 1653 have almost disappeared traces of the monument. Under the outside porch Bernini open the three entrances to the temple. The central one is decorated with a rich frieze between sumptuous moldings, in which alternate various animals and rosettes carved in the eleventh century. The two lower doors, molded with severe simplicity, are attributed to Roman art; to our right was a fourth door with pointed arches of the XIV century, carved with the elegance and style of that. The richest part of the bow decoration on the wing is responsive to the front of the side pillars, which marks a branch of grapes on the left coming out of a jar and held up on the right by a farmer. Inside, the ancient remains that remains is the tabernacle of the holy oils below the seventeenth-century choir stalls. At the center, shining with precious marble, it rises the tabernacle containing the reliquary called "Precious Blood" built by Carlo Murena, who was born in the Collalto castle (now Collalto Sabino) July 16, 1713 by Joseph and Dorothea Rolli. Initially dedicated to the humanities and then abandoned to care for architecture, probably after meeting Nicola Salvi, in whose studio in Rome, he began to work as an architect. In the back a beautifully carved choir than half of 500. Of particular interest is the seventeenth-century organ with adjoining choir probably it restored by Cardinal Rapaccioli. The sacristy contains a reliquary in the shape of a cross, the work of jewelery in silver plate and chisel of the fourteenth century. In the Oratory of the Duomo was born the first association of Scouts in Terni dedicated to Baden Powell, which then later I was a member.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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Sharon_zz wrote a review Dec 2015
Spain5,350 contributions409 helpful votes
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Terni Cathedral is located in the old part of the city, next to the Roman archeological site. Before entering the Cathedral, we looked at the statues of the saints that are on the façade. Inside we saw the main alter, and loved the modern picture of Jesus on the judgment day.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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