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St. Lawrence Cathedral

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Genoa, Italy.

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Found in Genoa, this cathedral is a Romanesque Cathedral (the precursor to Gothic style), meaning it looks less like Notre Dame and more like a basilica. Despite (or because) of this, the structure remains one of the finer examples of architecture in the city of Genoa.

The cathedral actually replaced a church built in the 5th or 6th century AD, with a consecration by Pope Gelasisus II in 1118. Rebuilt in the 1300's after a fire, the church retains much of it's Romanesque style. Black marble columns hold up a series of arches comprised of alternating black and white stone, giving the interior of this building a color scheme unlike many other churches. This experiment with color can also be seen on the outside as part of the facade. A few chapels and buildings have been added on in the Renaissance era, but this cathedral retains its authentic feel and should be seen by every visitor to Genoa.

Written by  Robert Evans.

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