Duomo is the Italian word that defines the main church of a city, its cathedral.
The Duomo of Cosenza is, since 2011, cultural heritage of UNESCO. According to the investigations Cosenza’s cathedral has been built during the XI century; this original building went destroyed because of an earthquake in 1184. The reconstruction took few years and only in 1222 Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor, could celebrate its opening. This fact is very important because underlines the deep relationship between the Emperor and the city of Cosenza.
The façade is divided in three parts and three is the number of the internal naves. The painting of Madonna del Pilerio which lies in one of the chapels is a tremendous example of the Byzantine style that was echoing from near Sicily.
Cosenza’s Duomo host one of the first expressions of French Gothic style in Italy: Isabel of Aragona’s funeral monument.