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Bologna Cathedral today is the Metropolitanate of the Archbishop of Bologna, and one of the city's main attractions. The majority of the building was built in the 17th century, but parts from the 16th century have also survived.
In the 11th century, a chapel and a church were located on the site of the present cathedral. In 1141, during a strong fire, the church was badly damaged, but was soon restored and consecrated by Pope Lucius III. A portico was added to the western facade in 1396. At the end of the 15th century, the painters Ercole de Roberti and Ferrara Francesco del Cossa were engaged in the creation of frescoes in the Gargenelli Chapel. Only fragments of frescoes have survived to this day.
In 1575, Cardinal Gabriel Paleotti ordered a radical restructuring of the interior of the temple, which at that time was the seat of the local archbishop. In its original form, only the Chapel Maggiore and the crypt have survived to this day.
In 1599, during large-scale renovation work, the ceiling of the cathedral collapsed, after which it was decided to rebuild the building. Construction began in 1605 and was completed only in the 40s of the 18th century.
The old chapel building has never been restored in its long history. Until now, only the remains of the outer walls of the structure have survived.
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