Vicenza Cathedral

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The cathedral seen from Monte Berico

Vicenza Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Annunziata, Duomo di Vicenza) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Vicenza, Veneto, northern Italy. It is the seat of the Bishop of Vicenza, and is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

History[edit]

Construction of the cathedral was begun in 1482, to plans by Lorenzo of Bologna, and completed in the 1560s.[1] The cupola was planned by Andrea Palladio and probably the north doorway also.

Only the original façade survived the bombing of World War II; the rest of the present building has been reconstructed.

The maestri di cappella include Fra Ruffino d'Assisi (1525-31),[2] Nicola Vicentino (1563-65), Giammateo Asola and his pupil Leone Leoni (1588-1627).[3]

The belltower has five bells in the chord of Eb, the oldest one was cast in the 17th century.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Guidolotti, P., Beltramini, G. (2001): Andrea Palladio: the complete illustrated works, p. 308: "VICENZA CATHEDRAL: DOME AND SIDE PORTAL: Begun in 1482 to a design by Lorenzo da Bologna, the apse of Vicenza cathedral was ... however, in two stages: from 1558 to 1559, the main cornice was built over the windows and the drum raised, ..."
  2. ^ Cori Spezzati: An Anthology of Sacred Polychoral Music, vol. 2, Anthony F. Carver
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie-Ann (n.d.): Companion to Baroque Music, p. 31

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Coordinates: 45°32′46″N 11°32′37″E / 45.54611°N 11.54361°E / 45.54611; 11.54361