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Saint Mary Cathedral and Bell Tower

Saint Mary Cathedral and Bell Tower

This element belongs to the categories: Churches, Monuments

Opening hours:

Winter timetable:
- from Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm;
- on Sunday, from 8 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Summer timetable (from June 1st to September 30th):
- from Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 8 pm;
- on Sunday, from 8 am to 1 pm and from 4:30 pm to 8:30pm.

Bell Tower:
- from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm (if religious functions are scheduled for Saturday mornings, the tower will open in the afternoon from 1 pm);
- on Sunday and public holidays, from 1 pm to 5 pm;
- on cruise ship arrival days, from 9 am to 3 pm.
For security reasons, children under 10 years old can not access the Bell Tower.
For information and reservations (from 10 am to 2 pm and from 3 pm to 7pm):
Phone: +39 3662562826
E-mail: info@beniculturalicagliari.it

Prices:

Bell Tower: 3 euro

Built in the 13th century in the Pisan-Romanesque style, it later underwent trasformations in the Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Romanesque style.
Saint Mary Cathedral and Bell Tower

Built in the 13th century in the Pisan-Romanesque style, it later underwent trasformations in the Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Romanesque style. Under the presbytery, the Crypt-Sanctuary preserves the relics of the local Martyrs.

The interior of the church,with a Latin cross plan, has three naves with a transept and side chapels. In the right side, into the Aragonese Chapel, is preserved a precious relic that,according to the tradition, belonged to Jesus crown, which arrived in Cagliari in 1527,with other relics and artworks stolen from various churches in Rome and from the Papal apartment. A moment before its arrival into the harbour, the ship bumped into a storm. Someone knew that into the ship there was a precious cargo,and driven by the conviction that the storm was the expression of divine wrath for sacrilegious theft,confessed the fact to some religious that were on the ship who,once arrived in Cagliari, informed the archibishop of what happened.

The Pope Clemente VII, had knowledge of the events, decided to donate some relics to the Cathedral,including the Holy Spine and a famous Flemish triptych of the 15th century, by Roger Van der Weyden. Both are exposed during the Assumption.

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