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Alghero’s Cathedral of Santa Maria in Italy

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Alghero is a beautiful coastal city of medieval origin situated in the northwestern coral coast of Sardinia. This town is 300 miles off the coast of Spain near Barcelona. They speak Italian as well as Catalan.

The recently refurbished cathedral of Santa Maria (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Immacolata di Alghero)  stands in Piazza del Duomo on Via Sant’Erasmo. Some of its oldest structures provide an outstanding example of the late Catalan-Gothic period.  This cathedral has been the bishop’s seat since 1503.

Door of the Cathedral’s Bell Tower in Alghero Sardinia

This cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has an elaborate apse and an octagonal bell tower with a pyramidal cuspid. Some of the construction has dramatically transformed the interior and the façade. The original facade was replaced in 1862. The changes include four neo-classical Doric Columns supporting a triangular pediment  and a new central staircase.

The bell-tower is behind the church. It was part of the first phase of late Gothic construction and was modeled after the Cathedral of Barcelona. It has an octagonal barrel and pointed arch openings. It is crowned with a slender pyramid-shaped spire with polychrome majolica that is commonly used in Catalonia.  The distinctive Gothic  bell tower can be visited during high season.

Campanile of Santa Maria Cathedral in Alghero Sardinia

In 1503 Pope Julius II  implemented a major overhaul of the dioceses of Sardinia. He was supported in his efforts by King Ferdinand II. The first part of the building was finished during the first half of the XVI century and Alghero’s noble families guaranteed the financing needed to complete the project.

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Ornate lions in the cathedral of Alghero

The Cathedral was consecrated in 1730; 400 years after its foundation.  It houses the neoclassical marble mausoleum of the Duke of Monferrato, brother of King Carlo Felice  of Savoy, who died in 1799. This  mausoleum was sculpted by Felice Festa in 1807.

The interior space has three naves, separated by pillars and columns.  There are six chapels adorned with interesting sacred art. The first chapel to the right is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament and it has an imposing altar consecrated in 1824. The carved marble is decorated the center with a circular temple reminiscent of the Temple of Vesta in Rome.

The Virgin protects the sailors in Alghero Sardinia

The Baptism in Alghero’s Cathedral

The presbytery has five chapels which include the base of the bell tower. It is surrounded by a balustrade, made ​​of inlaid marble with a coral hue. On the sides of the stairway to the altar there are two marble lions that resemble their kindred spirits in the Cathedral of Cagliari.

The balustrated high altar has a group of sculptures depicting the Immaculate Conception accompanied by angels.

The main altar of the cathedral in Alghero Sardinia

There is an elegant pulpit . Behind the wooden choir, in the apse there are five Gothic radial chapels.

Cathedral of Alghero Sardinia

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides available @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic

tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deutsch: Domodossola, Italien, Sacro Monte, St...

Deutsch: Domodossola, Italien, Sacro Monte, Stazione VII. Italiano: Sacro Monte di Domodossola. Stazione 7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sacro Monte di Domodossola.

Sacro Monte di Domodossola. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sacro Monte di Crea. Cappella del Paradiso

Sacro Monte di Crea. Cappella del Paradiso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Cathedral of Pisa (Duomo di Pisa), Pi...

English: Cathedral of Pisa (Duomo di Pisa), Pisa, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chiesa di San Domenico - Noto

Chiesa di San Domenico – Noto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aquileia, Basilica patriarcale. Esterno.

Aquileia, Basilica patriarcale. Esterno. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spagna, Spanish Steps, Spanische Treppe in Rom

Spagna, Spanish Steps, Spanische Treppe in Rom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italy gave the world masterpieces by  Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio.

As well as the famous operas of Verdi and Puccini. The architecture of Venice, Rome and Florence are also national treasures.

There are 49 Properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for Italy:

5 Religious Sites

9 Natural Sites

8 Historical Sites

10 Archaeological Sites

17 Art Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy

Castel del Monte, Andria.

Castel del Monte, Andria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Nomination process

Tentative List Process

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Deutsch: Innenaufnahme einer der Kapellen auf dem Sacri Monte d Orta.Dargestellt wird in lebensgrossen Figuren Szenen aus dem Leben des heiligen Franziskus. Die gesamte Anlage ist Teil der Sacri Monti, welche zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe zählt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Caserta, Reggia di Caserta. Appartamento nuovo del Re. Sala di Astrea. È una delle tre sale dell’Appartamento reale assieme alla Sala di Marte e alla Sala del Trono. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Saint Reparate is the Patron Saint of the Town and Diocese of Nice France

English: Nice Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Re...

English: Nice Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Reparata, in Nice, on the French Riviera (Alpes-Maritimes, France). Français : Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice (Alpes-Maritimes, France). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cathédrale Saint-Réparate - nuit

Cathédrale Saint-Réparate – nuit (Photo credit: stephanemartin)

English: Nice, Tower of Saint François

English: Nice, Tower of Saint François (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nice Cathedral

Nice Cathedral (Photo credit: freefotouk)

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In the charming section of old Nice, you can visit the lovely Cathedral of Nice that is named after Saint Reparate. St. Reparate is the patron saint of Nice. She was martyred in Cesarea, Palestine during the persecutions of Emperor Dece (240-251). Her relics arrived in Nice in 1060 ad they are enshirined in the high altar.

The Baroque interior has ten lovely chapels dedicated to: Our Lady od the Seven Sorrows, the Crucifixion, Saint Rose of Lima, Saints Alexander and Bartholomew, the Holy Sacrament, Saint Rosalia and the Virgin, Saint Joseph, Saint Reparata, the Four Crowned Martyrs and Saint John the Baptist.

Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate

Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate (Photo credit: Paphio)


The cathedral was designed in the 17th century by the architect Andre Guibera. The church tower was built between 1731 and 1757. In 949, the cathedral was raised to the rank of a basilica. The facade shows the statues of the 4 bishops that were the founders of the church of Nice: Pons, Bassus, Valerian and Siagre.

Organ, Ste Reparate Cathedral

Organ, Ste Reparate Cathedral (Photo credit: Drumaboy)

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