The main attraction of the Santa Maria Annunziata Cathedral in Anagni is its crypt. This contains the tombs of the patron saint of the city (St. Magnus of Anagni) and of St. Secundina. It was built on top of the ruins of an ancient Roman temple.
Address: Piazza Innocenzo III/Via Papa Leone XIII – Anagni. Phone: (+39) 0775 728374. OPening times: Monday to Saturday from 09.00 till 13.00 and from 15.00 till 18.00. Sunday from 09.00 till 11.30 and from 15.00 till 18.00.
History and description
The Santa Maria Annunziata Cathedral was constructed between 1071 and 1105. However, the Gothic elements adorning the church date back to a mid- 13th century renovation.
The Romanesque/Byzantine frescoes on the ceiling and all of the walls of the cathedral deal with themes such as the the Apocalypse and the Ark of the Covenant.
Another highlight is the beautiful cosmatesque floor of the church.
The St. Thomas Oratorium is located next to the crypt. There is a contemporary statue of Pope Boniface VII along the western wall.
Highlights in the Museum of the Cathedral are a reliquary of Becket and a miter that supposedly also used to belong to the saint.