The Duomo di Sassari: Cattedrale di San Nicola

Continuing on with our consideration of some of the lesser seen cathedrals of Italy, we turn toward the Duomo of Sassari, located on the island of Sardegna. The cathedral itself finds its origins within the twelfth century, built originally in the Romanesque style but later seeing gothic and baroque elements added.

Of particular interest in the case of this particular cathedral is the facade which has a Spanish baroque feel to it. It is over thirty metres in height and considered the most imposing facade on the whole island of Sardegna.

Some details from the facade:

St. Nicholas, the patron of the cathedral, and above him, God the Father

San Gavino, martyr and above, the Virgin and Child encircled by cherubs

San Proto, bishop and martyr

A closer look at San Gavino, martyr, surrounded by six winged seraphim

San Gianuario, deacon and martyr

Turning toward the interior of the duomo, here are some views of some of the nave and high altar. Here one will see the non-baroque origins of the cathedral more clearly. 

Visible behind the high altar is the carved wooden choir, dated to the 18th century and carved by local artisans

The fourteenth century "Madonna del Bosco" is the centrepiece of the high altar

However, it is the side altars of the duomo which are perhaps of even greater interest as far as the interior is concerned.

Altar of St. Philip Neri

Altar of the Holy Family

Relics of St. Benedetta, founder of the Benedictine Sisters of Providence

Altar of St. Lucy

Detail of the statue of St. Lucy

The painted wooden frontal

Altar of St. Michael the Archangel

An interesting cathedral church filled with a variety of styles. For more information, see the Italian language wikipedia article on the cathedral.

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