The Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral of Cortona stands in the Piazza del Duomo, on the edge of the historic center. It features paintings by Luca Signorelli, Pietro da Cortona, and others.
Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral Cortona
Address, opening hours and entrance fee
Address: Piazza del Duomo – 52044 Cortona. Telephone: +39 0575 62830. Opening hours: 10.00 to 18.00. Ticket price: Free of charge.
History and Description
The Cathedral (Duomo) of Cortona was built between 1481 and 1507 by order of Pope Julius II. Previously, a pieve (country church with baptistery) stood on this site. Elements of this first church, built around the beginning of the 11th century, can still be seen on the facade.
In 1262, under Nicola Pisano, a first reconstruction took place.
The portal on the right side was made by Cristofanello in the 16th century.
The church has three naves.
The interior is graced by artists such as Pietro da Cortona, Andrea Commodi, Papacello and Poppi. Of course, some paintings from the studio of local artist Luca Signorelli are also on display.
The vault was painted by Gaetano Brunacci towards the end of the 19th century.
On the other side of the Piazza del Duomo is the Episcopal Museum, which mainly displays paintings taken from churches in the diocese.