Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo, Ortona

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Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo
Co-Cathedral Basilica of Saint Thomas the Apostle
Basilica Concattedrale di San Tommaso Apostolo
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West face
Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo is located in Abruzzo
Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo
Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo
42°21′26″N 14°24′16″E / 42.357170°N 14.404457°E / 42.357170; 14.404457Coordinates: 42°21′26″N 14°24′16″E / 42.357170°N 14.404457°E / 42.357170; 14.404457
LocationPiazza S. Tommaso, Ortona
CountryItaly
Language(s)Italian
DenominationRoman Catholic
TraditionRoman Rite
Websitetommasoapostolo.it
History
DedicationThomas the Apostle
Earlier dedicationMary of the Angels (from 1057)
Relics heldThomas the Apostle
Architecture
Functional statusCo-cathedral, minor basilica
Architectural typeBaroque (with surviving Gothic portal)
Administration
ProvinceChieti-Vasto
ArchdioceseLanciano-Ortona
ParishParrocchia S. Tommaso Apostolo – Basilica Concattedrale

The Basilica of San Tommaso Apostolo ("St. Thomas the Apostle"), also Ortona Cathedral (Italian: Basilica-Concattedrale di San Tommaso Apostolo; Duomo d'Ortona), is a Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica in Ortona, Abruzzo, Italy, famous for holding the relics of Saint Thomas the Apostle. It was formerly also the episcopal seat of the diocese of Ortona and is now a co-cathedral in the diocese of Lanciano-Ortona.[1]

The Basilica was built on the site of an ancient Roman temple.[2] Destroyed by the Normans in 1060, it was rebuilt and dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli in 1127. Since 1258 the Basilica has housed relics of Saint Thomas. The cathedral has suffered damage from military attacks by the Ottomans in 1566, the French in 1799 and from fighting during the Battle of Ortona in 1943.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Tommaso, un apostolo che diffuse nel mondo l'unica fede - di Redazione". Corrispondenza romana (in Italian). 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ Giusto, Pino. "Basilica". BASILICA - CATTEDRALE SAN TOMMASO APOSTOLO IN ORTONA (in Italian).
  3. ^ Giusto, Pino. "Basilica". BASILICA - CATTEDRALE SAN TOMMASO APOSTOLO IN ORTONA (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-07-16.

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