Alba Cathedral ("Cattedrale di San Lorenzo , Duomo di Alba") is a Romanesque cathedral in Alba, Piedmont, Italy. It is dedicated to Saint Lawrence and is located in the Piazza del Risorgimento, better known as Piazza Duomo ("cathedral plaza"), amidst cobbled streets.
The earliest structure appears to have been built on the site at the end of the 400s. A subsequent Romanesque structure was built on its ruins. The current structure, built upon the original one, dates to the first half of the 12th century, probably over holy edifices of Roman age, and is of red brick.
Between the 12th and 15th centuries the cathedral was reshaped in the form of late Gothic architecture. The most important renovation dates to 1652 to repair the damage caused by earthquakes in 1626. After the earthquake, the ceiling of the nave fell. It was restored along with the construction of two side aisles, one dedicated to San Theobald of Provins and the other to SS. Sacramento. The last major restoration was between 1867 and 1878 by the engineer Edoardo Arborio Mella who modified the exterior of the cathedral as well as the interior décor. This reconstruction included roofs, aisle vaults, the rebuilding of the apse, the rehabilitation of the facade, opening side windows and the replacement of the pavement. The current appearance dates to the controversial restoration of the 19th century, of which the three portals and the crypt are from the original edifice.
An ancient baptismal font was found during archaeological excavation of 2007 in the aisle in front of the Blessed Sacrament chapel. Approximately 100 graves, primarily of children, dating from the 16th and 18th centuries were also found. The finding was not unusual as it was once customary to reuse the space of an ancient baptistery redesigned as a burial place.
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batalay (32864) 2012-10-19 7:08
Merhaba dear Erdem Bey,
This a artistic photo of a bicycle tucked in between multeple walls. It is an effective detail of the bike, presenting only the rear wheel, replete with the multiple gears (vitesse). The terracotta of the fired bricks creates a largely monochromatic field. I am continually impressed by your artistic composition.
I put your iPhone photos on Facebook (just look up "Bulent Atalay". There are several Bulent Atalays, and I am two of them. One of my students once created an account for me which I rarely use, and then I set up another account which I do use.)
Saygi ve sevgilerimle, Erdem Bey.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-10-19 8:16
Very artistic shot! nice idea and excellent execution..very well done
rbassin (11153) 2012-10-19 9:40
Une très belle composition, j'aime bien ce vélo qui se cache derrière ces murs de briques rouges.
Le cadrage est original et bien pensé.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3843)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-19 3:48