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“Well , this church is bigger than "Quo Vadis" .....”

Cattedrale di Parma
Ranked #2 of 138 things to do in Parma
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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“Well , this church is bigger than "Quo Vadis" .....”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Churches as a rule leave me cold, but this one is just so totally overwhelmingly HUGE, that you have got to have a look at it. It will give you an insight as to the amount of money and riches that were poured into these type of buildings in those times. The number of mountains that were leveled; the number of trees cut down and the number of workers involved to supply materials and labour for this immense structure is difficult to imagine.
There were four pulpits; suggesting that four priests preached alternatively at a service. There were possibly 60 hand carved seats for the hierarchy to sit in at a service. there were several balconies, as in a theatre, for royalty to sit in, possibly to be away from the peasants below ?.
One wonders if the place was EVER full of people and the mind boggles at what a spectacle it would have been to witness if it was. One thing is for sure; we doubt if it has been full of late!.

Visited July 2014
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“One of the best”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Having the luxury of time in Parma, over two weeks, I have been able to indulge in multiple visits to Duomo and I think it' ranks as one if the most beautifully painted I've ever seem. From every angle and perspective it is a feast for the eyes. Don't rush through and if you have only one day in Parma( shame to not take longer) then have a coffee or gelato and return so that you have the opportunity to sink a little deeper into the experience

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant Corregio frescoed dome”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

It really is worth taking the time to read up about this fresco and to look at it in detail - not easy, so bring binoculars and, if it helps, a mirror.

Visited June 2014
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“Stunning cathedral”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is one of the nicer cathedrals I have seen throughout Italy. Every inch has beautiful decorations, frescoes, etc. While the outside is also quite impressive as well, the inside of this one is worth a minimum of an hour to really do it justice. No entry fee either, so this really has to be one of my favorites from my recent Tuscany trip.

Visited May 2014
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Parma, Italy
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“A little gem”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

I visited the Cathedral a couple of years ago after living near Parma for 18 years, but as normal we tend to explore further afield without knowing your local area perhaps as well as you should.

The Cathedral has some magnificent examples of Caravaggio's work and is richly decorated for an Italian church. Close by to the church is also the Baptistery well worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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