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The Cathedral of Carrara: photo, description Duomo di Carrara)

The Cathedral of Carrara, the Roman Catholic Church in Carrara, Northern Italy is remarkable in that its interior is almost entirely made of the famous Carrara marble. In historical documents there is mention of that in the 11th century on the site of the present Cathedral stood another Church, bearing the name of St. Andrew. From this ancient structure to our days survived only one bas-relief. In 1093-photosensibilisation.

The lower part of the facade of the Cathedral and near the side door of St. John is notable for two-color decoration marble mosaic. This part of the building dates from around the early 12th century, shows the influence of the Pisan Gothic style on the capitals and the architrave. The Gothic style of Pisa at that time was widespread in Liguria, which also confirms the similarity of the main portal of the Cathedral with the portal of the Genoa Cathedral, built in the first half of the 12th century. The sculptors who worked on the portal, belonged to the school of Guglielmo da Modena.

In 1151, the year the Cathedral of Carrara came under the jurisdiction of the canons of San Frediano of Lucca, and began the second phase of construction, which lasted until 1235, the year when he completed the apse. In this part of the Cathedral are clearly visible features common in those years in Lucca architecture. On the side walls there were colourful decorations, the capitals made in the Corinthian style, and in the arched Windows you can see images of leaves, human figures and animals, probably, it traces the influence of ancient Roman architecture, popular in Lucca in those years.

Facade of the Cathedral was finally completed in the second half of the 14th century with the production of scenery from light and dark marble. The main portal is crowned with sculptures depicting medieval monsters, and Gothic window of rosette with entwined columns. The bell tower, standing a little apart, was also built in the 14th century. Inside the Cathedral houses the sarcophagus of St. Ceccardi, patron of Carrara, as well as a wooden crucifix of the 14th century Angelo Puccinelli. Outside the Cathedral you should pay attention to the Statue of the Giant (Statue del Gigante) work of Baccio Bandinelli.