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Orvieto Cathedral
Orvieto Cathedral

Orvieto Cathedral

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Piazza del Duomo, 26, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
+39 0763 341167
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A trip to Italy can be considered incomplete without visits to some of the ancient and astounding architectural sites such as the Orvieto Cathedral, located in the Orvieto region of Umbria. This ... Read more
must-see Roman-Catholic cathedral dates back to the 14th century, constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV. As the cathedral took three centuries to complete, the architecture evolves from a Romanesque to a Gothic style, with the Gothic facade being considered a masterpiece of the Late Middle Ages. Visitors can access the cathedral via unguided tours, guided tours and museum visits.

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At about 30 Km is Orvieto; the small town would be pleasurable to live in for those in their twilight years; the cathedral is stupendous (1300-1500 aC).
The external white and black lines on the walls, symbol of good and evil, the wonderful interior.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

The Church is massive. The front is so beautiful that it looks better in person than the photo!

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Local from Montefalco, Italy

Luca Signorelli in Orvieto. The Duomo is among the greatest of all Italy’s cathedrals, containing the work of Luca Signorelli whose greatest work is a series of frescoes done for this cathedral. These hallucinatory imaginings introduce a heightened sense of drama and a new, almost paranoid degree of spiritual extremism into the art of early-16th-century Italy. Apocalyptic hysteria was in the air at the time, epitomised by the activities of the charismatic Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola in Florence. Signorelli has the dead miraculously rising up from the ground, heaving themselves bodily out of the earth to emerge into the afterlife. Keen to demonstrate his knowledge of anatomy, he included several risen souls as walking skeletons awaiting the restoration of their flesh. The apocalyptic brilliance of Luca Signorelli inspired Michelangelo and many other renaissance masters.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The tallest building in town, Orvieto Cathedral, dates back to the 14th century. The construction lasted almost three centuries and the architecture evolved from Romanesque to Gothic. Its exterior is striped in white travertine and greenish-black basalt in narrow bands, similar to other central Italian cathedrals of the same period.

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Cocoa, Florida

The Orvieto Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world. Construction on this majestic Cathedral began in the 13th century and was not completed until 1600. Orieto itself is on a mountaintop, but it's worth the drive up just to see this, for me, a wonder of the world.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Massive duomo in the middle of the medieval town. Very ornate Romanesque Gothic architecture.

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New York City, New York State, USA

A gorgeous Roman Catholic cathedral in the center of Orvieto. If this were in Tuscany, there would be a line at the door to enter. Instead, you are able to leisurely check out the frescoes in the chapels, rose windows, and enormous bronze doors.

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Florence, Italy

Yes, it's as awesome as Alex, Rebecca and others say it is. The photo says it all. It's also got a really interesting history. My favourite thing about this church is the absurdity of the fact that it was built to commemorate a miracle that didn't actually happen here, but a relic in some way distantly related to the miracle ended up here by chance.

The miracle in question is called The Miracle of the Mass at Bolsena, a town 23 km away. The story goes as such. In a church in Bolsena in 1263, a priest who was celebrating mass had doubts in the transubstantiation of Christ: he did not believe that the host (the wafer) used in the Mass was one and the same as the body of Christ. Well at the moment of consecration the host BLED and the priest stopped doubting. He wrapped the host in the corporal (the small piece of cloth upon which the wine and wafer holders rest) and brought it to the Pope Urban IV, who just happened to be in Orvieto at the time. The Pope declared this a miracle and established the Feast of Corpus Cristi to honor it. The relic of this corporal became the centerpiece of the new church, and pilgrims brought money, so the church was built - as beautiful as it is today!

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Local from Cannara, Italy

It's big. It's beautiful! And if you can believe it, as jaw-droppingly beautiful as it is from the outside, inside it is even more stunning! I like to drive to a hillside just outside the city to take pictures of the Cathedral dominating the landscape.

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Local from Assisi

Hands down one of the most breathtaking church facades in Italy. Best seen at sunset when the light sets the glimmering mosaics on fire.

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Durham, North Carolina, USA

Those who had the power to request such things asked for architects to build cathedrals as close to God as possible, both vertically (with sky-piercing spires) and physically (with gold-leafed exteriors and impossibly impressive domes and arches). The cathedral in Orvieto is a perfect example of both.

One of my favorite works of art in all of Umbria is Luca Signorelli's allegories of the Judgment Day and the Apocalypse in the cathedral's San Brizio chapel (head to the front of the church to the right and look for the wrought iron gates). The writhing, naked bodies and zombie-like figures tell me that gory horror films would have gone over well in 15th century Orvieto.

Everyone goes to the cathedral, but this is the best way to see it for the first time if you're sleeping in Orvieto: Walk down Via del Duomo just before sunset. You'll be tempted to look at the cathedral, but don't do it. Wait until you're about to emerge onto the Piazza del Duomo. Look at the cobblestone street, the stores, anything. Clear your mind, think about gray days in London, your desk at work, anything dull and boring. Then, right when the sunset hits the cathedral, look up.

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Local from Terni, Italy

Very interesting town on a hill with an important Cattedrale.

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Rome, Italy

the second bigger of italy
go there and have a gelato on the square!

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Paciano, Italy

the second bigger of italy

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Bangkok, Thailand

Indisputably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all Europe.

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Mantignana di Corciano, Italy

An amazing catherdral with fantasic views

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Newport Beach

One of the most amazing facades I have seen on a Cathedral. Magnificent.

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Providence, Rhode Island, USA

it's Italy, everything is good

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Magliano Sabina, Italy

Iniziato nel 1290 e terminato nel 1591, viene disegnata da autore ignoto secondo lo stile romantico, che evolve nei cent'anni successivi, attraverso il lavoro di altri artisti, verso lo stile gotico, che in fine predomina, soprattutto sulla splendida facciata, una tra le più belle d'Italia. La Cappella di San Brizio è un'opera somma, d'elevazione artistica, che sorprende gli occhi di chi solleva lo sguardo verso le sue curve e disegni.

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