Unfortunatelly I couldn't see the interiors of the cathedral because the door was closed by the time of my visit. I didn't get impression that some works of reconstructions taking place, no visible signs about it. Some Italian churches, however, don't care much for the tourists and visitors, opening their doors when and if they want.
In the streets and square located near St. Lorenzo Cathedral, I found many Artist's selling their work. There was all kinds of Art, most probably, something for everybody's taste. I don't know the prices as I didn't wish to buy, but I did enjoy browsing their art work.
As I walked towards this Cathedral, I couldn't help but think how different it was! Dark grey & light grey Marble slabs really made this Gothic Cathedral stand out.
The Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Gelasius II in 1118, and is dedicated to martyr, San Lorenzo.
As with other Churches, additions have been made, frescoes added, and parts restored.
If you do get inside, expect to see a frescoed interior, a shell fired through the roof from a British ship offshore during World War II that never exploded, and a 13th-century crypt containing what crusaders returning from the Holy Land claimed to be relics of John the Baptist.
The Museum of the Treasury lies under the cathedral and show cases jewellery and silverware from 9 AD up to the present.
Here is the Sacred bowl which is supposed to be the chalice used by Christ during the Last Supper and the Cassa Processionale del Corpus Domini. There is an admission fee for the Treasury.
The Cathedral of St. Lorenzo is the seat of the Arch Bishop of Genoa.
It is not open all the time, and was closed when I was there.
Cathedral is open...............
Mon-Sat 9am-noon and 3-6pm.
Treasury: by half-hour guided tour only (ask for one when you get there)
Mon-Sat 9am-noon and 3-6pm
Treasury ....Adults...5.50 euros
Now, before heading inside this 1000year old Cathedral, a 'MUST DO' is to check out the sculptures and statues on and surrounding the Cathedral.
They are small and intricate, and there are many of them!
I had time to do this, as the Cathedral is not open all the time, and was closed when I visited.
Cathedral is open
Sat, Sun, Holidays....8 - 12noon & 3-7pm
Week-days..............8 - 12.15pm & 4-7.15pm
San Lorenzo, built in Romanesque-Renaissance style, is the city cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Genova. The cathedral was founded in the 5th and 6th century AD, devoted to San Siro Bishop of Genova. After the fire in 1296, provoked by fights between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the building was partly restored and partly rebuilt. The facade was completed in the begining of the 14th century, same as inner colonnades.
In the 16th century the Perugian architect Galeazzo Alessi was comissioned to plan the reconstruction of the entire building but he exectuted works just partly. The construction ended later on in the 17th century.
Outside of the cathedral you will see 2 big marble lions and a lot more ornaments around the entrance-gates and at the corners of the church. You should also take a closer look at the sculptures along the small street along the church, where you may see a nice balcony with great sculptures - see my 2nd picture !
And on my last picture you may see the big variety of styles and columns of the cathedral. There is so much to see at the ornate facade of San Lorenzo !
You might need about 20-30 minutes to walk through the church of San Lorenzo and have a look for the many interesting details, plenty of side-altars and small chapels.
You may walk around the cathedral freely and without restrictions and photography is no problem eighter, as longs as there is no church-service going on, of course...
It was built in the 9th century. The incomplete reconstructions in the 12th century and the continuation of the works in the 17th century was clearly contrasted by the striped facade at the lower part and the rose window and stained glass at the upper portion. On the 24th June, the ashes of John the Baptist will be taken out of its museum for its yearly procession to honour the city's patron saint.
This is the organ of San Lorenzo - not built on top of the entrance door like in most churches, but into one of the side-walls and decorated with great baroque paintings .
At many places you will see different styles like gothic,baroque and romanic all mingled into an absolutely great interior.All of the cathedral San Lorenzo is loaded with plenty of great sculptures and decorations - see some of them on my other photographs !
The pulpit of San Lorenzo - on the left of my pic - is made much smaller and has less ornaments than many of the other churches I saw in Italy, but it is made of solid marble with some great sculptures in it.
And on my pic, you will also see the 2 storeys of gothic columns that build the main structure of the church, remonding me a lot of the architecture of Bycantine churches.
All of the church is loaded with plenty of great sculptures and decorations - see some of them on my other photographs !
This golden bird in the forground will hold the priest's book during the church servcice, as this bird is also the symbol of one of the 4 evangelists...(I am not sure, but I think it is the evangelist Lucas )
All of the church is loaded with plenty of great sculptures and decorations - see somem of them on my other photographs !
Cattedrale San Lorenzo - Gothic à la mode du Genua - it looks really great with these stripes of black and white marble.
Have a look for the wonderful decorations around the 3 main entrance doors and the large sculptures of lions at both sides of the cathedral.
There is just a small square in front of the cathedral, and taking a pic of the whole church is really rather difficult.
This cathedral was founded in the tenth century and features a striking black and white striped façade, similar to the cathedral in Florence. Note the majestic-looking lions guarding the front doors, and step inside to see beautiful 14th century frescos. Please dress appropriately and avoid flash photography.
The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Lawrence. Whilst past archaeological excavations have revealed Roman floors and walls in the interior, ancient sarcophaguses have been found under the church's parvis. The first Christians built a basilica on this Roman site, which became a Cathedral in the XI century, replacing the ancient Church of St. Siro as the bishop's seat.
The new cathedral caused the urbanisation of this area which, with the building of the walls in 1155 and with the unification of the three ancient urban nucleuses - the castrum, the civitas and the burgus - became the heart of the city. The consecration of the church as a cathedral also meant the start of its restructuring in Romanesque style. After a fire in 1296, caused by the fight between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the building was partly renovated and partly rebuilt. Between 1307 and 1312 the facade was completed and the interior colonnade with the capitals and the fake women's gallery was also rebuilt, keeping those Romanesque structures and religious frescoes that had survived the fire.
Between the XIV and the XV centuries several altars and chapels were erected. The small loggia on the north-eastern tower was built in 1455, whilst the opposite one in Mannerist style dates from 1522. In 1550 an architect from Perugia, Galeazzo Alessi, appointed by the town magistrates, planned a restructuring of the whole building, but he only managed to complete the covering of the nave and aisles, the floor and the vault, while the apse was finished during the XVII century.
A complex renovation project carried out between 1894 and 1990 has allowed the preservation of the cathedral, so that its interesting medieval features can still be seen today.
One of the busiest streets, very close to the old port, Aquarium, Palazzo Ducale etc. And it has the magnificent San Lorenzo cathedral with a tiny charming piazza, perfect for people watching and/or people photography.
As it is full of cafes and restaurants, and being so much 'in the middle' of things, it is a convenient place to withdraw to for a cup of something or a meal.
Apart from these obvious touristic elements, its main charm for me was the games the light plays in this street.
Depending on time of the year, the early morning sun comes in under interesting angles, illuminates parts of the architecture as it moves along the street- it really reveals countless facets of the same building and for the fanatic photographers like me :-), can be a goldmine.