Albenga Cathedral

Albenga Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Albenga or Cattedrale di San Michele Arcangelo di Albenga) is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Michael in the city of Albenga, in the province of Savona and the region of Liguria, Italy. It is the seat of the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia.


A church has occupied the site since the turn of the 4th/5th centuries, but the present structure is medieval, built in about 1100, with a major rebuilding in the second half of the 12th century, and another in 1582. A restoration project in the 1970s largely returned the building to the medieval structure. The campanile was rebuilt in its present form in the 1390s.


The relics of Saint Veranus (San Verano), 6th century bishop of Albenga, are preserved in a shrine.


The cathedral interior is well stocked with sculptures and works of art. The 19th century ceiling frescos are by Maurizio and Tommaso Carrega. Other frescos, particularly those in the apse, are of the 15th century. The right hand nave contains a fresco by the artist Il Pancalino of Saint Clare and two donors, and of the Crucifixion with Saints Anthony the Great and John the Evangelist, with the bishop of Albenga. The altarpiece on the high altar depicts Saint Veranus, Saint Michael and John the Baptist.


The cathedral also owns two paintings of the late 14th century by Luca Baudo of Saint Eligius and Saint Ampelius; a painting of the "Miracle of San Verano" by Giovanni Lanfranco; and a Madonna and Child with saints by Orazio de Ferrari (the last two are not publicly displayed for security reasons).


Images

  • Fresco of Saint Clare

  • Relics of Saint Veranus

  • Frescos of John the Baptist and Saint Sebastian

  • Detail of Saint Sebastian


Sources and external links

  • Diocese of Albenga-Imperia website (Italian)
  • SBAPGE website: Albenga Cathedral (Italian)
  • Provincia Savona website: Cattedrale di San Michele (Italian)

Coordinates: 44°02′57.16″N 8°12′49.31″E / 44.0492111°N 8.2136972°E / 44.0492111; 8.2136972