Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
The Cappella Colleoni, which was tacked on to the side of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore facing the Piazza del Duomo between 1472...
Roman remains were discovered during renovations of Bergamo's baroque cathedral. A rather squat maroon building, it has a brilliant...
Detached from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the octagonal baptistry, built in 1340 but plonked in its present spot in 1898.
Colleoni & Dell'Angelo
Piazza Vecchia provides the ideal backdrop to savour inventive local cuisine. Grab an outside table in summer or opt for the noble...
Piazza del Duomo · interesting places nearby
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore information
Begun in 1137, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is quite a mishmash of styles. To its whirl of Romanesque apses (on which some external frescoes remain visible), Gothic additions were slapped on. A more obvious addition is the busy Renaissance Cappella Colleoni , on the side facing the Piazza del Duomo. Detached from the church is the octagonal baptistry .
Influences seem to come from afar, with dual-colour banding (black and white, and rose and white) typical of Tuscany and an interesting trompe l'œil pattern on part of the facade.
The Cappella Colleoni, which was tacked on to the side facing the square between 1472 and 1476, was built as a magnificent mausoleum-cum-chapel for the Bergamese mercenary commander Bartolomeo Colleoni (c 1400–75), who led Venice's armies in campaigns across northern Italy. He lies buried inside in a magnificent tomb. Venetian rococo master Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770) did some of the frescoes below the central dome.
The baptistry was built in 1340 but plonked in its present spot in 1898.