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The Cathedral in Spoleto: photo, description Duomo di Spoleto)

Spoleto Cathedral named after Santa Maria Assunta, the main Church is one of the oldest cities of Umbria and of the diocese of Spoleto-Norcia created in 1821. It is dedicated to the Ascension of the virgin.

The Cathedral with its Central nave and side aisles crossed by a transept, is a superb example of Romanesque architecture, though undergoing some modifications. It was built in the second half of the 12th century on the site of the previous Cathedral which was destroyed by the troops of Frederick I Barbarossa. And in the 15-16 centuries was attached to a notable external porch and the belfry.

The facade of the Church is divided into three sections. The bottom is distinguished by the exquisite front door with architrave and moulded racks. On both sides of the portico you can see the pulpit. The upper section separated from other Windows-rosettes and pointed arches. The most remarkable feature of the facade is a mosaic of Christ blessing, executed in 1207.

The interior of the Cathedral was much altered in the 17th and 18th centuries. It has retained its original floor of the nave is decorated in a unique style cosmatesque characteristic of medieval Italy, and the frescoed apse. Image on it was made in the years 1467-1469 by Filippo Lippi and his pupils fra diamante and Piermatteo Lauro de Manfredi da Amelia: they painted scenes from the life of the blessed virgin Mary. The great Lippi is buried in the South wing of the transept.

Special attention deserves the altar of the cross work of Alberto Socio dated to the year 1187, a Byzantine icon donated to the city by Barbarossa as a sign of reconciliation, and the frescoes of Pinturicchio in the chapel of the Bishop Eroli. In another chapel you can see other frescoes of the 16th century. Also, the Cathedral contains a coloured wooden statue of the Madonna of the 14th century and the choir of the 16th century with a painted altar and chapel. And under the chapel of the Holy sacrament is the crypt of the former Cathedral of San Primiano.