Bergamo Cathedral

Bergamo Cathedral

Description

The Cathedral, or “Duomo”, is located in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the Old Town: this area was already a sacred place in the V Century B.C., as proved by the underground layers. The building holds numerous treasures, such as the paintings by Giovan Battista Moroni and Andrea Previtali, the Martyrdom of Saint John Bishop by Giambattista Tiepolo, an altarpiece by Carlo Ceresa and some wood and marble inlays by Andrea Fantoni.

However, the most precious item you can admire is the tiara belonged to Pope John XXIII, now Saint John XXIII, who was born in the village of Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo: a sparkling gold headgear decorated with pearls, rubies, diamonds and emeralds, created by the goldsmith Attilio Nani.

The mortal remains of Saint Alessandro Martyr, Bergamo’s patron saint, are kept in an urn inside the high altar. 


Christianism probably came to the land of Bergamo along with the Roman Christian prisoners coming from East and sentenced to work in the iron mines of Seriana Valley: they were the so-called “Damnati ad Metalla”. Once they were freed, the moved and started to worship Saint Vincent from Zaragoza, building several churches including the future Cathedral of Bergamo. This first building, dating back to the VIII Century, survived till the half of the XV Century, when the famous architect Filarete, from Florence, designed a new Latin-cross plan building. However, Bergamo already had its Cathedral dedicated to Saint Alessandro, the city patron saint: therefore, over most of the Middle age the two imposing churches “vied” against each other, until in 1561 the second one was eventually destroyed by the Venetians in order to build the Walls surrounding the Upper Town. Since then, San Vincenzo Cathedral was named Sant’Alessandro and became the only Cathedral in Bergamo. 

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The Cathedral, or “Duomo”, is located in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the Old Town: this area was already a sacred place in the V Century B.C., as proved by the underground layers. The building holds numerous treasures, such as the paintings by Giovan Battista Moroni and Andrea Previtali, the Martyrdom of Saint John Bishop by Giambattista Tiepolo, an altarpiece by Carlo Ceresa and some wood and marble inlays by Andrea Fantoni.

However, the most precious item you can admire is the tiara belonged to Pope John XXIII, now Saint John XXIII, who was born in the village of Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo: a sparkling gold headgear decorated with pearls, rubies, diamonds and emeralds, created by the goldsmith Attilio Nani.

The mortal remains of Saint Alessandro Martyr, Bergamo’s patron saint, are kept in an urn inside the high altar. 


Christianism probably came to the land of Bergamo along with the Roman Christian prisoners coming from East and sentenced to work in the iron mines of Seriana Valley: they were the so-called “Damnati ad Metalla”. Once they were freed, the moved and started to worship Saint Vincent from Zaragoza, building several churches including the future Cathedral of Bergamo. This first building, dating back to the VIII Century, survived till the half of the XV Century, when the famous architect Filarete, from Florence, designed a new Latin-cross plan building. However, Bergamo already had its Cathedral dedicated to Saint Alessandro, the city patron saint: therefore, over most of the Middle age the two imposing churches “vied” against each other, until in 1561 the second one was eventually destroyed by the Venetians in order to build the Walls surrounding the Upper Town. Since then, San Vincenzo Cathedral was named Sant’Alessandro and became the only Cathedral in Bergamo. 

Accessibility

RAGGIUNGERE:

Parcheggi: 

a 100 metri (piazza Rosate): parcheggio pubblico riservato a residenti e privo di posti auto riservati e con pavimentazione in acciottolato possibilità di richiesta pass ai Vigili urbani).

A 250 metri (Piazza Mercato del Fieno): un posto auto riservato con pavimentazione in acciottolato.

Mezzi pubblici:

a 250 metri: Stazione Superiore Funicolare; una delle due cabine è accessibile con montascale.

Percorso pedonale di avvicinamento all'ingresso laterale sud (unico accessibile): in discesa (salita 7-8%); marciapiede pavimentato in lastre di pietra privo di segnalazioni tattilo-plantari.

ENTRARE:

Da ingresso laterale Sud (Portale secondario sempre aperto), tramite scivolo esterno in acciaio lunghezza 310 cm, pendenza 18%; bussola con porte di larghezza adeguata e in piano.

VISITARE:

Aula unica in piano e accessibile.

Presbiterio e Cappella di San Vincenzo non accessibili (7 gradini); Cripta non accessibile (scalinata); Cappella del Crocefisso 1 gradino altezza 17 cm.

Opere d'arte visibili e indicazioni scritte in 4 lingue; non esistono ausili per non vedenti

Usare il bagno: Non ci sono servizi igienici


Valutazione sintetica:

persona con disabilità motoria: accessibile con accompagnatore

persona con disabilità visiva: accessibile con accompagnatore

Gallery

Not to be missed in this area

La Dispensa di Arlecchino

Curia Generalizia delle Figlie del Sacro Cuore di Gesù

Caffé del Tasso

Casa Mario Lupo

“BERGAMO PER TE – BERGAMO FOR YOU” by Cristina Calderoli

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