Cattedrale di San Pietro
The Cathedral was built between 1875 and 1879 by Edoardo Arborio Mella replacing the old Romanesque cathedral which had been demolished by Napoleon I. The Neoclassical appearance of the exterior is highlighted on the left-hand side of the façade with the 106-metre high spire and bell tower. The Latin cross-shaped interior with three naves has a series of deep side chapels and closes with a large ambulatory. The frescoes around the church are almost entirely the work of Luigi Morgari. The statue of St Joseph and the sculpture composed of The Crucifix with Two Angels and adored by St. Pius V and Baudolino, which crowned the main altar, are attributed to Parodi. The cupola is embellished with the statues of 24 patron saints of the towns of the Lombardy League. The chapel of St. Pio V has one of the few remaining 14th century artistic testimonies in the town: the Virgin with Child, titled Madonna dell'Uscetto. Important works from the Renaissance period are The Altarpiece with St. Peter on the Throne by Callisto Piazza dated 1546, two sculptures in wood from the mid-15th century and attributed to Baldino di Surso and the Crucifix in the first chapel on the right. Dating from the same years is also the statue of the Madonna at the foot of the cross supported by St. John, titled Madonna the Saviour: it is a representation of the patron saint of the town that is still venerated to this day.
Information and contacts
piazza Giovanni XXIII, 1 - 15121 Alessandria (AL)
Telephone: +39 (0131) 442.620
Telephone 2: +39 (0131) 512.239