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Atri Cathedral

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Province  Province of Teramo
Phone  +39 085 871 0218
Atri Cathedral
Address  Corso Elio Adriano, 64032 Atri TE, Italy
Similar  Chiesa di Santa Reparata, Museo capitolare di Atri, Teramo Cathedral, Santuario della Madonna, Basilica of St Thomas the Apostl

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Atri Cathedral (Italian: Basilica concattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; Duomo di Atri) is a Romanesque Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the town of Atri, Province of Teramo, region of Abruzzo, Italy.


It was formerly, from 1251, the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Atri (later Penni-Atri) and has been since 1986 a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Teramo-Atri. It was declared a minor basilica in 1964.

History and description

The present church, consecrated in 1223, was built over an earlier one. Further reconstructions occurred during the following two centuries. The sober Istrian white stone fa├žade has a large portal by Maestro Rainaldo in Gothic style, and a large rose window with a niche with a figure of the Virgin and child. The south wall has three portals: that on the left dating from 1305 was the one completed by Rainaldo; the central one dated 1288 with sculptures of lions and symbols of the Angevin dynasty is by Raimondo di Poggio; and that to the right, dated 1302, is also by him.

The church includes on its left a campanile or bell tower 56 metres high (184 ft) high, which was completed by Antonio da Lodi in the 15th century. The tower is surmounted by a pyramidal roof.

The choir contains a fresco cycle by the 15th-century Abruzzi painter Andrea de Litio (or Delitio). The cathedral also houses a large organ. The diocesan museum is located adjacent to the cathedral. The crypt was originally a large Roman cistern; another forms the foundation of the ducal palace; and in the eastern portion of the town there is a complicated system of underground passages for collecting and storing water. The adjacent cloister has two storeys.


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