The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi is the most important church in Civitavecchia. It was not until 1805 that the church became the Duomo of the city.
Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Civitavecchia
Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele – Civitavecchia.
History and description
The baroque Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi was constructed in 1610. It was built on top of the ruins of an earlier existing Franciscan church. In the second half of the 18th century, the Duomo was reconstructed by the architect Francesco Navone.
Another restoration took place in 1950, after the church had been damaged during the war. The architect was Plinio Marconi.
Cathedral Civitavecchia, what to see
The two statues on the facade depict St. Franis and St. Anthony of Padua.
The interior consists of a single nave, with side chapels.
The two figures above the tympanum symbolize “Faith” and “Justice”. The sculptor was Pietro de Laurentiis.
The right chapel is graced by a “Nativity” by (the workshop of) Domenichino.
The fresco below is by Antonio Nessi and depicts “St. Francis receiving the stigmata”.