Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)

Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)

Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Tempio Malatestiano is the unfinished cathedral and basilica, officially named for St. Francis, but also known as Tempio Malatestiano for the man who commissioned its reconstruction. One of the most striking features of the exterior is the wide marble façade that is largely unadorned, due to the aforementioned incomplete construction. The only notable features of the exterior is the enabled columns and the entrance, which has a triangular pediment surrounded by a tympanum decorated with geometrical designs. The unfinished pediment on the roof is actually quite charming and does look a little like broken pediments of Baroque.

The church has one nave, with side chapels arrayed along both sides. Most notable of these I thought were the Chapel of St. Sigismund and the Chapel of the Planets (dedicated to St. Jerome). The latter is notable for the sculptures of zodiac figures around the arches.
Written 13 July 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Large unique cathedral in the heart of Rimini, although church is incomplete still packs a punch with what it has to offer.

Some really nice side alters to see with many areas having really nice crosses, statues marble art.

Not as grand as major city Basilica’s but still good to see.
Written 11 August 2023
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,973 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful unfinished cathedral built in 1447 under Lordship of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417-1468)
He wanted to build this cathedral for his burial and for his family , a monument celebrating his lineage. Malatesta had the chapels inside the church adorned with countless pagan works (hence the name temple) which made him argue with Pope Pius II Piccolomini with the subsequent excommunication he received in 1460.
The facade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)
The internal with one nave and several lateral chapels is full of statues and a beautiful paint made by Piero della Francesca (1412-1492) depicting Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta praying in front Saint Sigismondo
Finally you can admire the magnificent Holy Cross made by Giotto (1267-1337)
Written 26 November 2023
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niki101
London, UK764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
Rimini is a small, relaxing and beautiful city. With its historic centre, it is a great place to visit. However, the highlight here is the Tempio Malatestiano. Far from any hustle and bustle, this place is full of great artworks. You will recognize it with its elegant façade and rich decorations.

Yes, when you enter the place, you will see the Giotto crucifix. Also there is the Piero della Francesca fresco of “Praying in Front of St. Sigismund”. The artist was in Rimini in 1451 and for Sigismondo Malatesta, the lord of Rimini, he executed this devotional subject. However, there is much more to see and admire. The sculptures of the little angels playing and dancing are beautiful and you would like to watch them for as long as possible. Each decoration is giving you some message which can be interpreted in many ways. Depicted is also the sign of Cancer, Sigismondo’s own zodiac sign.

There is no admission fee but also there is no brochure with some history and notes about this sight. When we visited the temple, some restoration works were taking place so I asked some questions the man who worked there. It would be good if you research it before you get to the temple.
Written 4 July 2012
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CutieliciousP
London, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Seaside Tourist destination during summer period, not at winter season. Nevertheless, we did enjoy & fell in love with the city and the hospitality of the community.
From Federico Fellino Airport > take bus #9 (a lot cheaper to buy the bus ticket from the machine at the airport), 45mins to Rimini Train station Central (last stop) >take bus #11 another 15mins from central to the SEA SIDE. Loads of hotels to choose from.
There is an Information Office  right next to the Train station and they are very helpful. They will provide you everything you need to know about Rimini. There is also a small Conad supermarket right beside it.
You can physically tour the whole town by walking within a day.
•Shops are closed between 12.00-15.00, same as most restaurants.
•There is only one oriental restaurant at the Central called King Thai, located right at the main road
•There is no Bureau de change anywhere, therefore, ensure to bring enough Euros. Not all shops accepts bank card.
•San Marino is another town which is an hour away by bus from Rimini.
•You can travel to Bologna, Ancona or Parma from Rimini within an hour.

Food is excellent everywhere, however, portions are small  and expensive.
People are so helpful & pleasant. Very laid back & chill environment.
Helpful website:
http://www.riminiturismo.it/
Written 27 February 2012
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RaibeartAlba
Scotland207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A surprise find in this fine church and November is a pleasant time to visit as the crowds was flown.
Written 26 November 2019
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sarapishock
Henley-on-Thames, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This cathedral isn't the stereotypical cathedral, and is quite interesting to look at. In the historical part of the city and an easy walk from the beach. Would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Written 7 June 2019
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ahe989222
Larissa, Greece43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
In the central sector of Rimini. Leon Batista Alberti, the famous renaissance architect designed it. A famous temple of 1450 (unfinished), with the monumental tombs of Sigismondo Malatesta and his beloved woman Isotta degli Atti, and an excellent fresco of Pierro della Francesca. A must for artlovers, if they visit Rimini.
Written 8 September 2018
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Sofía
Castile and Leon, Spain30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
A building that is considerated as the first renaissance temple in Italy, and that appears in all Art History books! A great surprise when I first saw it. The inside is beautifully decorated, many masterpieces (frescoes, sculptures,...).
Written 6 October 2013
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Art historians will tell you about the importance this building has in the history of Renaissance architecture, and they are right to attest to its greatness. But that is not the only reason to visit. The gleaming white exterior is mirrored by the overwhelming sculptural monuments on the interior. The building expresses a beauty, balance and refinement rare in other contemporary works. The church is an easy walk from the train station near the center of town.
Written 22 August 2013
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