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Dome of Bolzano

The emblem of the city, the Dome of Bolzano, is really worth a visit. The Dome in the centre is dedicated to the Assumption and is striking due to its special architecture.

The Dome has been decorated with devotion and is equipped with a pulpit of sandstone. At the place of the church, already in the Romanesque period there has been built a “domus”, which was a building of Christians. In the 5th and 6th century, on the same place a basilica was built. For some time the barbarians obstructed the activities in the basilica, only in the Carolingian epoque it was possible to build a religious building at this place.

An economic and cultural boom gave birth to the idea of a new house of worship. In 1184 labour forces from Lombardy began to build the basilica, which was completed in 1222. Only a short time later, so to speak in the 14th century, the idea of a renovation has been taken into consideration. Swabians worked under the direction of Martin and Peter Schiche. The three-aisled church now was characterised by a further gallery and cross vault, which are protected by columns and arches. For this reason the Dome of Bolzano is a masterpiece for the combination southern and northern methods of operating. The steeple characterises the facade. It is 65 metres high and have been built according to the ideas of Burkhard Engelbert from Augsburg. Hans Lutz from Schussenried performed the work and completed the construction in 1517.

The Dome is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. The Dome Treasury contains numerous Baroque church inventory. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 - 12.30 am (Tel. +39 0471 978676, info@dompfarre.bz.it).

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