Places of worship

The Dome of Castelnuovo Garfagnana

The treasures conserved in the church are among the town’s most important

Via Fulvio Testi, 5
The Santi Pietro e Paolo church and the cathedral in Castelnuovo Garfagnana are not to be missed by visitors to the area. Both places are of extreme architectural beauty and importance; however, they also conserve the most important artworks of the town.

The cathedral was built in the 11th century, and was later renovated in a Romanic style in the 15th century. The edifice was built using local stone, and the façade features three doors and four pilasters with a simple pediment.

Six pillars divide the cathedral’s three naves. The holy place conserves numerous artworks among which are a canvas depicting the Madonna with Child and Saints by artist Giuseppe Prota; a terracotta depicting Saint Joseph from the 1400s; a marble frame by Civitali; and a wood crucifix from the 14th century.

Located in the Saint Joseph chapel is the most interesting and renowned artwork in the cathedral: the Black Christ. It is a 15th-century sculpture that was miraculously saved in the fire that damaged the church in 1977.

Cover image credit: Davide Papalini

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
In the heart of Garfagnana, rich in natural and historical beauty
Castelnuovo is the main centre of Garfagnana, positioned at the merging of the river Serchio with the Turrite Secca, a typical mountain torrent coming down from the Apuans. The town is the commercial and administrative centre of the valley, seat of the 'Comunità Montana' which unites 16 communes, and many other public offices. ...