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Cosenza, Italy: Cathedral of the Assumption & Shrine of Our Lady of Pilerio

About the Cathedral of the Assumption in Cosenza:

The Cathedral was probably built during the first half of the 11th century. An earthquake destroyed the cathedral in June 1184, and its rebuilding was completed by 1222 when the cathedral was consecrated by Emperor Frederick II. At some point during the first half of the 18th century the church was covered by a baroque superstructure which obliterated the original structure and its works of art. In the first half of the 19th century the façade was transformed into neo-gothic style, which completely changed its character. At the end of the 19th century, Archbishop Camillo Sorgente entrusted the work to Pisanti, who recovered the original old arches and the ancient structure of the church.

In the 1940s the work was finally completed. In the transept is the tomb of Isabella of Aragon, wife of king Philip III of France. A long aisle links the Duomo to the archbishops’ palace, the Palazzo Arcivescovile, which houses an Immacolata by Luca Giordano. One can also admire the rare and precious Stauroteca, a gift from Emperor Frederick II to the Duomo upon consecration. The work was produced in the royal goldsmiths’ workshops, better known as “Tiraz”, in a cultural environment which blended Muslim, Byzantine and Western cultural elements.

The new grand organ for the Cathedral is located on the left side of the church, near the altar.

About Our Lady of Pilerio:

The Madonna del Pilerio is depicted in an icon commissioned by Msgr Giovani Battista Costanzo (1591 – 1617).  a special chapel was built here in the Cathedral for the icon.

On May 10,  1981 the Cathedral of Cosenza was raised to the status of Shrine of Our Lady of Pilerio by the Archbishop Msgr Dino Trabalzini.

The Feast of Our Lady of Pilerio is not celebrated on September 8, since this is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but rather on February 12, in memory of the devastating earthquake that hit Calabria on that date in 1854 that resulted in the collapse of many churches, palaces and private houses.

Finding the Cathedral of the Assumption in Cosenza, Italy:

Address:  Piazza Duomo, 1, 87100 Cosenza CS, Italy

Tel:  +39 0984 77864

Click here for the official website of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Cosenza, Italy.

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