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Cathedral of Terracina: photo, description Duomo di Terracina)

Duomo di Terracina - Terracina Cathedral, dedicated to saints Peter and Cesare. Was once the main Church of the diocese of Terracina, and is today one of the cathedrals of the diocese of latina - Terracina - sezze - Priverno.

The Cathedral was built in the 5-6-th centuries, using building materials from five-naval ancient Roman temple that stood on the city forum. Over its long history, the building was repeatedly altered and restored. In the 11th century, the Cathedral was consecrated in honor of the patron of Terracina St. Cesare, and then in its walls elect the new Pope urban II. In the 13th century there were large-scale reconstruction and in the 18th century in the course of the next restoration work the Church was decorated in Baroque style. At the same time from the five naves of the Cathedral remained only three were built side chapels, and the old ceiling of the Romanesque style was covered by a barrel vault. From 2015, the year the Cathedral is the next restoration.

A special artistic interest is the portico of the Cathedral, standing on the top staircase of 30 steps on the podium of the Roman temple. The portico consists of six classical columns of the triumphal arch in the centre, crowned with an antique architrave with mosaic decoration and figures of the winged monster, eagle, trees, deer, birds, bulls, etc. Under the portico is the funerary bowl from Ancient Rome. Seven steps lead to the two inputs inside the Cathedral, the main of which are decorated with marble friezes of the era of Augustus. On the North side of the portico you can see the Romanesque bell tower that rises above the ground on four posts.

Inside the Cathedral consists of three naves separated from each other ancient Roman columns, and two side chapels. Side naves end with apses, and the Central square space with the choir. Of the attractions of the Cathedral can be called a stone floor in the Central nave in the 12-13th centuries, decorated in the style of cosmatesque, medieval pulpit from the 13th-century, spiral column with marble inscriptia and frescoes of the 18th century in the presbytery depicting the election of Pope urban II.