Sardinia, Italy

Sassari Cathedral, Sardinia, Italy

Sassari is the main town in Northern Sardinia. The Cathedral is, rightly, famed for the intricacy of the carving on its facade. However, this is something of a sham, for the rest of the building is a rather plain hotch-potch of older styles with the facade being purely that - a front slapped over the entrance to the much older building.

The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas dates to the 12th Century, but was heavily rebuilt in the 15th when the facade was added. However, the large semi-circular portion of the facade at the top was not added until the 18th Century.

After the exuberance of the facade the rest of the building cannot fail to disappoint, particularly when it is so hard to get a clear view of it with all the other buildings of Sassari seeming to crowd it out of jealousy for their own dowdy lack of grace.

Despite waiting for some long time, Sassari Cathedral did not open on the day I visited, so I had to make do with seeing the exterior.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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