Parma

Coordinates: 44° 48′ 12″ N, 10° 19′ 50″ E

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Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its ham, its cheese and its architecture. It is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world. The romanesque cathedral houses two 12th[Read more]

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Description

Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its ham, its cheese and its architecture. It is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world. The romanesque cathedral houses two 12th century sculptures by Benedetto Antelami and a 16th century fresco masterpiece by Antonio da Correggio. The Baptistery, adjacent to the cathedral was begun in 1196 by Antelami. The abbey church of Saint John the Evangelist (San Giovanni Evangelista), was originally constructed in the 10th century behind the Cathedral’s apse, but had to be rebuilt in 1498 and 1510 after a fire.

Main Sights

  • The Cathedral
  • The Baptistery
  • The abbey church of Saint John the Evangelist (San Giovanni Evangelista)
  • The sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata: Sasso Gate
  • The Benedictine Monastery of San Paolo: founded in the 11th century
  • The gothic church of San Francesco del Prato: 13th century
  • The church of Santa Croce: Early 12th century
  • The church of San Sepolcro
  • The church of Santa Maria del Quartiere: 1604-1619, characterised by a usual hexagonal plan
  • The Palazzo della Pilotta: 1583
  • The Ducal Palace: Built from 1561 for Duke Ottavio Farnese on a design by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola
  • The Palazzo del Governatore: Dating from the 13th century
  • The Bishop’s Palace: 1055

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