We have an affinity for quirky architecture. The Cathedral San Lorenzo is as quirky as it gets.
Lorenzo began as a small church in the fifth or sixth century
and was rebuilt several times before being consecrated as
Genoa’s main cathedral in 1118. As is often the case with
medieval churches, the construction continued for centuries
incorporating numerous architects and styles throughout the
years. The facade, with the black and white layered stripes
of marble and slate is typical of Genoa (or Genova to the Italians), was finished in 1312.
plaza facing San Lorenzo is so small that I had to
lie supine with my head propped on an opposite building to
capture a partial photo of this wonderfully surprising cathedral.
Tight as the plaza is, musicians, street entertainers, balloon
artists and art students crowded the steps and cobblestones.
Close up on the columns at the front of the church. Each is its own work of art.
Yes, this shot is straight on. And, yes, the window is THAT wonky. I loved this window.
A figure column on a corner.
Inside the black and white continues to dominate the decor, yet the altar
area is bright and colorful – the contrast strange
The pipe organ.
An odd little alcove. Babies resting against skulls… hmmmm.
Proudly displayed inside the Cathedral is an unexploded
World War II bomb that had hit, but miraculously spared the church by not detonating. Sure glad this
ominous projectile was a dud – the cathedral is such a unique
architectural specimen – its loss would have been tragic.
Hopefully the priests of San Lorenzo were expert
bomb diffusers. I would have hated for their incredible luck to run
out while I was snapping a photo.
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