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

The Cathedral of Cosenza, bearing the name of Santa Maria Assunta, was built around the first half of the 11th century, although the exact date of its construction is unknown. The Cathedral stands in the historic centre of Cosenza on Piazza Duomo, next to Corso, Telesio. In 1981, the year he received the status of the sanctuary of the Madonna del Pileri, and in 2011-m to year was included in the UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

The history of the Cathedral marked by numerous reconstructions and modifications. The first Cathedral was built in Romanesque style, but in June 1184, the year it was destroyed during the terrible earthquake and rebuilt only in 1222, the year, by the canons of Cistercian architecture. Then, in the 13th century, it was consecrated in the presence of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. Interestingly, the architect responsible for the restoration of the Cathedral, was Luca campano, who later became Archbishop of Cosenza. In 1748, the year of Santa Maria Assunta, has undergone another reconstruction - then the Church acquired Baroque features, which hid his original form. Unfortunately, in the course of the reconstruction of the Church has disappeared a number of decorating her works of art. In 1831, the year the façade was redone in neo-Gothic style, and in 1886 year, the Gothic style also received the transept and the choir.

Today in the Cathedral in the transept, you can see the grave of Isabella of Aragon, wife of French king Philip III. The long side of the nave of the temple connects it to the Palazzo Arcivescovile, Archbishop's Palace, which houses a canvas by Luca Giordano "Immaculate conception". There you can admire the amazing beauty of stavroteka presented by Emperor Frederick II in honor of the consecration of the Cathedral - it was made by the Imperial jeweller's workshop in mixed Muslim-Byzantine style.