The Cloister

Point of interest 5

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Now you’ll find yourself in the fifteenth century cloister of the Cathedral – a hidden corner, full of peace and silence.

The cloister and the surrounding rooms of the vicarage owe their architectural definition to the works carried out in 1495 by the Acquese Bishop Costantino Marenco: a marble epigraph and a written fresco testify the authorship.

Construction on the cloister began a long time before, in-fact it dates back to 1440, the bases and the capitals are still visible following the re-usage of the reconstructed above loggia, commissioned by the bishop Bonifacio Sigismondi.

At the time of its completion, the cloister presented itself as a vertical structure on one floor. Of the four original wings, the northern one leaning against the church was demolished in 1786, and the bases and the capitals of its small columns were reused to build the upper loggia.

The cloister, like the crypt, guards artistic and historic artefacts of the noble chapels, built in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries next to the Cathedral. It concerns the so-called lapidarium – placed on the walls, where epigraph

of the altars and fragments of sculptures stand out, such as Saint Sebastiano and Saint Rocco, carved by Nicolò Longhi, and the bust of a column-bearing lion. You will also notice some original parts, later replaced by the rose window, other than late medieval and Renaissance decorative fragments.

Point of interest 4

The Crypt

Point of interest 6

The right transept, the apsidal right chapel and the sacristy

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