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Cathedral information

Genoa , Italy
Street Piazza San Lorenzo
Opening hours
9am-12.30pm & 3.30-7pm
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A stunner even by Italian standards, Genoa’s black-and-white-striped cathedral owes its continued existence to the poor quality of a British WWII bomb that failed to ignite here in 1941. Fronted by twisting columns and crouching lions, it was first consecrated in 1118. The two bell towers and cupola were added in the 16th century.