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“Molto impressionante!”

Cathedral of San Pietro
Ranked #15 of 139 things to do in Perugia
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Owner description: Founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in 1463, this grand Gothic cathedral is a worthwhile stop when visiting Perugia.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Molto impressionante!”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

Chiedi a qualcuno di guidare intorno alla cattedrale. There are hidden rooms and the underground altar from the first Christians in this area. Also ask to show you the 'heaven' and the 'inferno'. Very impressive!

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Go pass the Porta San Pietro and you will soon see the Basilica. Built in X Century atop an Etruscan temple (of which we saw the Funeral cameras in the basement of the Church), it has an incredible mix of styles and materials. The Sacristy has a small Rafaelle painting, as well as Caravagio.

The wooden choir was the work of a certain Meister Damyano, local, and is absolutely fascinating: moving in the semi-circle, you can see the story the monks were told: each seat tells a different story: from renouncing to everyday life and earthly pleasures, to finding comfort in your faith, to helping others, to death. The two skeletons symbolizing death are just before you reach the middle of the semi-circle. Then come the wonderful wonderful doors that open to a "View of Paradise" (supposedly where good souls go in the thereafter): a beautiful and peaceful view of the valley below.

The monk who gave us the free tour showed us a page with Queen Elizabeth's signature: apparently she came to visit on a day with many problems and was very upset upon entering, but once she saw the Gates to Paradise and what's behind, felt so happy and peaceful, she signed the monks register... I don't know if this is true, but the signature was there, framed too!
There is also a miniature copy of Rome' s San Pietro, built to scale and with the same materials.

TIP: Go in the hours of closing (the schedule is at the door) when there are not people inside and take all the non-flash pictures you want. If your camera allows for photography at low light, of course.

Visited April 2013
Thank Oliver S
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Cesena, Italy
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

perugia, and maybe all umbria region is the heart of the catholic religion in italy. cathedral of san pietro is one of the example of the expression of the faith. located in the city center it's worth a visit for sure. very picturesque

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Mark B
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Camden, Maine
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“Very special tour”
Reviewed 21 February 2013

We visited this cathedral around 3:30 in the afternoon and were treated to a very informative but informal tour by Andrea. My daughter is fluent in Italian and she and Andrea were able to communicate easily.

Visited February 2013
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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“Visit the history underneath!”
Reviewed 5 December 2012

The cathedral is not of any great interest architecturally or artistically but the visit to the remains underneath it make this a five star visit.
You descend in easy stages through one layer after another until you reach the real bedrock. On the way there is a whole series of chambers, passages and so on that help to show how the enormous edifice on top came into being but for us the real highlight was the remnant of the Roman road with its well rutted stones.

Visited September 2012
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