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The initial core of the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea was built over the main temple of the ancient Verulae when all the pagan temples were turned into Christian places of worship.
It was then enlarged and altered several times including after the earthquake of 1350. The current structure in Baroque style dates back to the seventeenth and eighteenth-century transformations except for some parts such as the Gothic rose window of the facade and the bell tower built on top of a Roman tower.
The interior has three naves and is rich in decorations and stuccos and in the apse behind the altar there is a sumptuous wooden choir of 1624.
In a chapel to the right of the altar is the large treasure of relics and works of art that has accumulated over the centuries from the twelfth century including a silver polptych of the sixteenth century, paintings made by Buccatti di Alatri and a canvas depicting the ” Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew “attributed to the Polish painter Kuntze.
About 1200 parchments are kept in the chapter archive dating from the 9th century onwards.


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