(active c. 1175 in Umbria)

View of the west façade

begun c. 1175
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Spoleto (Umbria)

This church is an example of the development of Romanesque architecture in Umbria, to the east of Tuscany. It has a nave and two side-aisles crossed by a transept, although subsequently modified. It was built from the second half of the twelfth century after the city had been devastated by Frederick Barbarossa's troops,.

The façade is divided into three bands. The lower one has a fine architraved door with sculpted door-posts. Two pulpits are provided on each side of the porch. The upper bands are separated by rose windows and ogival arches. The most striking feature of the upper façade is the mosaic portraying Christ giving a Benediction, signed by one Solsternus (1207). The part of the belfry contemporary with the church reuses Roman and early medieval elements.

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