Christmas is coming and what is the best way to celebrate it if not to plan a visit to the main place of worship in the city of Carrara?
The Cathedral of Carrara is dedicated to Saint Andrew, the Apostle and is built entirely of marble, stone and wood. The marbles used are mainly Apuan marbles such as white marbles, Bardiglio, Nero di Piastriccioni, Rosso di Castelpoggio, but some also come from quarries in the provinces of La Spezia, Lucca, Siena and Genoa.
It was built for three centuries, and its construction began in the 12th century. For this reason, the cathedral respects due different style: the Gothic style and the Roman style.
The internal plan is rectangular with three naves and a semicircular apse. The facade is characterized by a two-color scheme (bianco Lunense and nero Colonnata marble) typical of Pisan churches. The portal has many depictions taken from bestiaries and above it there is a Gothic rose window, consisting of small radial columns, each one different from the other.
The interior has a basilica plan with three naves and a semicircular apse. The central nave has exposed wooden trusses, while the two side aisles have cross vaults. Inside, there are different works such as: a statue of the Assumption by Francesco Moschino; the crucifix by Angelo Puccinelli; the Cessanelle, a marble sculptural group of the Annunciation in Cortese Gothic style and many others.
In the square of the cathedral, there is the Giant’s Fountain, a statue by the artist Baccio Bandinelli, who sculptured it in the thirties of the sixteenth century, using Carrara Marble. The statue represents Andrea Doria, a Genoese politician of the time, represented as the God Neptune. Once the construction was completed, the work should have been destined for the politician and the city of Genoa, Bandinelli and Doria quarreled and the fountain remained in Carrara, where it was placed in the square next to the Duomo.