Sardinia, Italy

Alghero Cathedral, Sardinia, Italy

Buried amongst the tiny winding streets of Alghero in North Western Sardinia stands a fine Cathedral with a peculiar mix and match style of architecture.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria was started in the 14th Century, but the bulk of the work including the octagonal bell tower was completed in the 15th Century in what is described as "Catalan gothic" style. The work continued until 1730 when the Cathedral was finally consecrated.

The entrance through a doric-columned collonade tends to make the main frontage of the Cathedral look more like a theatre or civic building, particularly when it is so hard to get a clear view of any of the rest of the building, so hemmed in is it by the rest of Alghero's buildings.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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