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Carrara dome façade
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Places of worship

Cathedral of Sant’Andrea

Gothic and Romanesque architecture merged into a single church

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Piazza Duomo, Carrara

The Cathedral of Sant’Andrea is located at the centre of the ancient town of Carrara. The piazza surrounding it is a typical example of urban medieval planning and the town itself encompasses and expands around the building.

The church has a rectangular plan and features three naves, a trussed ceiling and lateral cross vaults, meanwhile the absis is in the shape of a semicircle. The “Ecclesia Sancti Andrea” was likely built in 1035, but construction of the building was finished years later in 1395, and in three consecutive phases: the first phase of construction occurred in the 11th century and only some architectural elements on the facade from this phase still remain today; the second phase dates back to the 12th century, when a colonnade and other medieval motifs were built alongside some classical and pre-Christian decorations; and the third phase occurred in the 14th century, when the splendid rose window and loggia was added, in Gothic style.

Detail of Sant'Andrea Cathedral
Detail of Sant'Andrea Cathedral - Credit: cea +

The interior, very suggestive, displays some artworks with a significative artistic value, such as the Annunciazione sculpture group (XIV sec.) commonly known as "Le Cassanelle”, in french Gothic style.

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