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Lat: 37° 18' 50.29198" N - Long: 13° 34' 34.87792" E
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A great variety of styles characterizes the interior of this Cathedral, whose construction began before the year 1100 by the will of Bishop Gerlando.
The temple has Norman-Gothic style and was enlarged several times and remodeled from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century.
The list of styles goes from the Norman to the Gothic-Chiaramonte, from the Renaissance to the Baroque.
Inside you can admire frescoes and sculptures of great artistic value.
The façade is flanked by a magnificent 15th century bell tower embellished with Gothic-Catalan blind single-lancet windows and by a window with a balcony surmounted by a beautiful ornate ogival arch.
The interior, in Latin cross, is characterized by three naves divided by ogival arches resting on octagonal pillars, by a magnificent richly painted wooden ceiling, at the center of which there is the two-headed eagle of Charles V and rich stucco and frescoes.
In the right of the transept there is the small chapel of San Gerlando, surmounted by a finely modeled Gothic portal and in which the Ark, a reliquary from 1639, is preserved.
In the left nave is the Cappella De Marinis.
In the apse on the right there is a marble group of Madonna and Child from 1495 and numerous other sepulchral monuments.
Has great importance the Treasure of the Cathedral, particularly rich in works of art, among which stands the sarcophagus of Fedra, a stupendous and very elegant Roman marble work from the beginning of the 3rd century AD.
At the presbytery there is a singular acoustic phenomenon called "spokesman": if someone speaks in a whisper at the entrance of the cathedral, it can be heard from the apse.
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