PERUGIA Art and religion -
Cathedral of San Lorenzo
Building continued until 1587, however, without ever coming to an end - as is clearly visible in the unfinished appearance of the exterior.
The pink and white stone decoration on the exterior facades was taken from the cathedral of Arezzo in 1335 but was only completed on the lateral facade facing the Fontana Maggiore.
The interior is late Gothic in style and consists of three aisles of equal height divided by octagonal pillars surmounted by crossbow vaulting. It was altered in the 18th century, with the addition of stucco and other decorations such as the false marble painting over the of the columns, the altar and the paintings of the vaults.
The bishop’s throne designed by Ciancio di Pierfrancesco is also here, as intended in the plans laid down by Rocco di Tommaso (1520-24). Perugia's most illustrious bishop was certainly Count Gioacchino Pecci, bishop from 1846 to 1878 when he was elected pope with the name of Leo XIII. The statue by Giuseppe Lucchetti (1892) placed in the right transept is dedicated to him.
The chapel to the right of the presbitery leads to the sacristy, which is decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi di Pesaro (1572-78). The furniture dates back to 1494-97 and is by Mariotto di Paolo da Gubbio.
These rooms give access to the Cloister of the Parsonage (Chiostro della Canonica), where five episcopal conclaves were held in 1216, 1265, 1285, 1294 and 1305.
The nearby Museo Capitolare contains a variety of treasures including a 'Pietà' by Bartolomeo Caporali (1486), an altar-piece with a 'Madonna in trono' by Luca Signorelli (1484) and a triptych by Meo di Guido da Siena (early 14th century). The museum is currently closed for restoration.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
Piazza IV Novembre [old town centre]
Info: Ph. +39 0755723832
Timetable of Holy Mass:
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat: 7.20am - 8am – 9.30am - 11.am - 6pm
festive: 8.30am - 10am - 11.30am – 6pm
APM (Public municipal bus transport authority): stopped bus - Piazza Italia [only 200 meters away]
Linea 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13s, 13d, 15, 81, 82, 83, 87, bis28, bis31, bis34, bis39, bis41, bis44, bis50
Disabled access available