By admin | May 24, 2017 | Posted in: Uncategorised
While Italy is filled with cathedrals, guests at Forte Village in love to visit the Cagliari Cathedral because of its unique attractions and interesting history.
The Cagliari Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint Cecilia. Located in the historic district of Castello, the cathedral’s interior has three naves with a transept and seven chapels. It is richly decorated with inlays of coloured marble, paintings, and works of gold. Other features contributing to the uniqueness of the cathedral include the Aragonese Gothic Chapel of the Holy Thorn, the seventeenth-century mausoleum of Martin I of Sicily, the frescoes by Filippo Figari, and the Pisan Chapel.
The elegant cathedral has been renovated numerous times since the original structure was built, with the square-based bell tower being one of the few parts of the original Gothic structure remaining. The present Neo-Romanesque style exterior of the building was installed between 1933 and 1938, inspired by the Pisa Cathedral.
The interior was not left untouched either, with the original Gothic design replaced with baroque décor installed during a radical renovation between 1669 and 1704.
The original structure was built in the thirteenth-century in Pisan-Romanesque style and was officially opened as a cathedral in 1258. The Pisans built the church with a square plan, and while the naves had wooden ceilings, the aisles were given cross vaults. In the 1300’s, the bell tower was modified, and the cathedral was given a Latin cross ground plan, two side entrances, and a Gothic mullioned window.
One of the main attractions in the cathedral is the ambo of Guglielmo, sculpted by Guglielmo da Pisa in the twelfth century. In 1312, the stone pulpits were originally placed in the Cathedral of Pisa, and when the Pisans got a replacement, they donated it to Cagliari. Later in 1669, it was divided into two parts by the architect who was overseeing the baroque renovation, Domenico Spotorno. The four marble lions that have now been placed beneath the presbytery balustrade originally formed the base of the ambo.
Another notable piece in the cathedral is the Triptych of Clement VII or Flemish triptych, created in the fifteenth-century. There’s also the funerary monument in honour of the archbishop of Cagliari, Bernardo de La Cabra, who lost his life during the plague of 1655. The left transept holds a chapel from the fourteenth-century and the seventeenth-century mausoleum of King Martin I of Sicily who died during the defeat of Sardinia in the early fifteenth-century.
Under the presbytery, there’s a crypt containing the Sanctuary of the Martyrs with 179 niches holding the relics of early Christian martyrs of Cagliari, excavated in the seventeenth-century around the Basilica of San Saturnino. The entrance to the second crypt, Aula Capitolare lies on the other side of the altar.
The Cagliari Cathedral is only about 20 minutes from Cagliari Elmas Airport via the E25 road and 53 minutes from Forte Village Resort via the SS195.