Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary and Saint Canius
(Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e San Canio)
The eastern part of the cathedral
Acerenza Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Acerenza, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e San Canio) is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Canius in the town of Acerenza, in the province of Potenza and the region of Basilicata, Italy. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Acerenza.
The cathedral is one of the most notable Romanesque structures in this part of Italy.
History and description
The diocese was certainly established by the late 5th century, but the structure of the present Romanesque cathedral building dates from 1080, when construction was begun under archbishop Arnald of Cluny. The site however is far more ancient and traces remain in the present building both of a pagan temple to Hercules Acheruntinus and of the earlier Christian church.
It has a Latin cross ground plan, and three aisles, which terminate in a raised presbytery behind which is an apse with an ambulatory and three radiating chapels, an unusual feature in Italian church design; the transept also terminates at either end in a semi-circular chapel. The ambulatory contains the altar which houses the relics of Saint Canius (or Canus; Italian: San Canio).
Works of art
Of especial note are a polyptych showing Our Lady of the Rosary and the Fifteen Mysteries, with Saints Dominic and Thomas, made by Antonio Stabile in 1583, and four frescos in the cloister by Giovanni Todisco di Abriola.
- Altrabasilicata.com Acerenza Cathedral (Italian)
- Images of the cathedral (Italian)
- Acerenza town website: Cattedrale (Italian)
- Official website of the Archdiocese of Acerenza: Cattedrale (Italian)
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