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Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Genoa, Italian Riviera, Italy

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    1 day

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

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  • Starting Location

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Highlights

  • See the sacred bowl believed to be the chalice used by Christ during the Last Supper.
  • The Museum of the Treasury lies under the cathedral with a collection of jewellery and silverware from 9 A.D. up to the present.
  • Get a close view of the British shell that still remains intact here after the 1941 bombing.

Guide

Trip Info

Explore the deep history and beautiful architecture of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo on this history tour. A Roman Catholic cathedral, this church was founded in the 5th or 6th century A.D.

You will learn about the time of the Romans when they conquered the city to demolish all the temples and part of the giant platform where they settled. They built a Roman road, a fountain, and other temples and later used the foundation to build the Christian church and the chapel that housed the body of St. Erculano, one of the patrons of the city.

One interesting piece of history to note, and see, is the actual shell fired into the southeast corner of the cathedral in 1941 is still there. The city was being shelled as part of a British operation and due to an error in firing, the relatively soft material failed to detonate the fuse and the shell remained as a fixture.

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