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Saint Cerbone’s Cathedral   Arte Massa Marittima

Cattedrale di San Cerbone Symbol of the town of Massa Marittima, it has recently been declared artistic heritage of Europe.
Enlarged and restructured at different times in history, it was first built in a pre-Romanesque style in the 12th century in order to shelter the remains of St. Cerbone. In 1287 the apse was enlarged and in the first half of the 14th century two side chapels were added.
From the outside it is immediately evident its asymmetrical position in the square. That was done to give more emphasis to its dimensions.
Its asymmetric façade, in Romanesque style, is majestic to see. On it we find plenty of symbolisms and of animal figures with relief panels depicting St. Cerbone’s life. The second row of 4 columns is supported by animal figures symbolising the 4 evangelists. At the centre of the tympanum we can admire the figure of St. Peter holding the Church.

Campanile del Duomo visto da una bifora del comune Inside the cathedral, the main monument is St. Cerbone’s Urn , valuable work of art by Goro di Gregorio, dated 1324 and showing on each side episodes of the saint’s life. Still inside the cathedral we can admire the Baptismal Font, carved from a single block of travertine and dated 1267. The marble Tabernacle balancing above it dates back to the year 1447 and is decorated according to the criteria of the “Medieval Bestiaries”, with scenes from the Bible and the gospels. Noteworthy are the pre-Romanesque bas-reliefs, excellent example of Lombard art, depicting the apostles and the Massacre of the Innocents. Wonderful masterpieces are also the wooden Crucifix by Giovanni Pisano, 14th century, and the Maesta’ (Madonna with Child) by Duccio di Boninsegna, dated 1316.

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