The Cathedral was commenced in 1488 and was not completed until the end of the 800s following the original project. It is located on a site where two Roman cathedrals once stood (Saint Stefano – attended in summer and Saint Mary of the People – attended in winter). The designers included Rocchi, Amadeo and Fugazza, along with Bramante and Leonardo, although it is imagined that they merely contributed ideas and advice. The church is built following a Greek cross plan and the octagonal dome is the third largest in Italy (after Saint Peter’s in the Vatican and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence) and contains the remains of Saint Siro, the city’s patron saint and its first ever bishop. Recent excavations in the Saint Mary of the People crypts have revealed some important findings and magnificent mosaics dating back to the 11th century. The Civic Tower stood next to the Cathedral until its collapse in 1989.
Alla scoperta del territorio
Pavia, the Cathedral (Duomo)
Arte, storia e cultura
Tempo libero e itinerari
Alla scoperta del territorio
I comuni paesi

Exploring the Area
Pavia | Pavese

Ponte Coperto Bridge
Church of San Michele Maggiore
Church of San Teodoro
The Regisole Statue
Cathedral of Pavia
Piazza della Vittoria
The Broletto
The Medieval Towers
Crypt of Sant’Eusebio
Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
Church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
The Visconteo Castle
The Mezzabarba Building
San Francesco Church
The University
Ghislieri College
Borromeo College
Cairoli College
The Fraschini Theatre

The Certosa of Pavia

Exploring the Area
Voghera | Oltrepò

The Duomo
The Visconteo Castle
Church of Santi Ilario e Giorgio

Castle of Oramala
Castle of Nazzano
Castle of Cigognola
Castle of Montalto Pavese
Castle of Montesegale
Castle of Zavattarello


Exploring the Area
Vigevano | Lomellina

Piazza Ducale
The Castle
The Cathedral

Castle of Scaldasole
Castle of Lomello
Castle of Cozzo
Castle of Sartirana
Castle of Frascarolo

Piazza Ducale di Vigevano