The magnificent Fidenza Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and is a marvellous example of Emilian-Lombard Romanesque architecture; it is dedicated to St. Domninus (San Donnino) cubicularius of the Emperor Maximian, whose precious relics are kept here. The building stands on a small Martyrium, the little church built in the fourth century AD to house the remains of the martyr. The Cathedral is the religious heart of the city, a place of prayer for all the townspeople, tourists and pilgrims walking the Via Francigena. On the facade of the Cathedral, direct references to the journey of faith that leads to Rome can be found in the scroll held by St. Simon the Apostle, in the reproduction of the rich and poor families of pilgrims and of St. Raymond and in the friezes depicting processions of pilgrims. The entire sculpted facade is remarkable, with friezes, statues and bas reliefs created under Benedetto Antelami’s supervision. Next to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum is also open to visitors.
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