Religious building

Duomo dei Santi Florido e Amanzio

Via San Florido, 21A1, Città di Castello, (Perugia)

The first Cathedral, dedicated to St. Stephen was destroyed by the Goths in the mid-sixth century. The new building was quickly rebuilt and inaugurated at the beginning of the seventh century, dedicated to St. Lowrence. Fallen into disrepair, it was restored in the first half of the eleventh century and dedicated to St. Florido, patron of the city. The Church, the result of work carried out over the centuries, appears to be an amalgam of different styles. Outside, the facade of the seventeenth century looks unfinished, while the north side is decorated with a rich Gothic portal with bas-reliefs (XIV century), preceded by an eighteenth-century scale, the work by Venanzio Righi. Alongside the Church a Romanesque bell tower in Ravenna style (XIII century). The interior, of Renaissance style, has a Latin cross with a single nave with coffered ceiling and side chapels. Among these stand the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, by Nicola Barbioni, and the Chapel of St. Paul, which houses the fresco depicting the "Conversion on the road to Damascus", by Pomarancio. In the choir are frescoed scenes from the life of St. Florido, while the wooden stalls date from the late sixteenth century and are the work by Raffaellino del Colle. The high altar of the late eighteenth century. A staircase leads to the crypt of the fifteenth century, where the relics of Saints holders. The crypt also contains the statue of the Black Madonna of Città di Castello, whose particularity is to have her up, instead of the Infant Jesus, another smaller woman, holding in his hand a sphere. The adjoining Cathedral Museum contains important early Christian liturgical objects of the fifth and sixth centuries, oltri to Medieval treasury and a Madonna by Pinturicchio.

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