Italy Verona Verona Cathedral

The Cathedral of Verona was built on the ruins of an earlier Christian basilica, and was consecrated by Pope Urban III in 1187 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Over the centuries, the Cathedral of Verona has been the subject of several interventions: in the middle of the fifteenth century it was extended, rise above the aisles and putting on the facade of late Gothic elements, in the sixteenth century Sanmicheli designed the bell tower, in the eighteenth century the side chapels of SS. Sacrament and Our Lady of the People were modified in Baroque style, in 1880 the marble floor was rebuilt and in 1913 and work to complete the bell tower were resumed. The façade of tripartite triangular buttresses, is a unique fusion of Gothic and Romanesque architecture of colors dominated by the beautiful two-level porch. At the bottom it is supported by columns that rest on winged griffins and support a round arch, whose sides are carved floral motifs, hunting scenes and figures of saints. At the top is the repeated arch, surmounted by a pediment with arches resting on eight columns. The magnificent portal is carved with images of prophets and animals, topped by a bezel which can be seen a bas-relief depicting the Madonna and Child enthroned, surrounded by shepherds and Magi.