THE GENOA DUOMO – CATTEDERALE DI SAN LORENZO

I repeatedly visited two churches that were near my hotel, the first one is the Duomo, or Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo.

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I often see multiple confessionals and confession appears to go all day every day, sometimes during Mass and even late into the evening after Mass.

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Joseph & Jesus

From the Museum at the Duomo:

The Duomo is said to hold the ashes of John the Baptist.

Cassa Processionale

The Cassa Processionale, a ceremonial casket which is used to hold the ashes of St. John the Baptist during processions, immediately strikes the visitor’s eye. The work, in silver and silver-gilt, dates back between 1438 and 1445 and is attributed to various artists: the ligurian Teramo Danieli, began the work later completed by Simone Caldera, another ligurian artist who served his apprenticeship in Tuscany and was master of an international workshop including goldsmiths from the Lombardy region and Burgundy. In this “miniature cathedral”, similar in many ways in the spires of the Duomo in Milan, there are numerous scenes from the life of St. John, ranging from the annunciation to his father Zaccary to his death brought about by the whims of Salome.

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The Piatto di San Giovanni, the platter of St. John, dates back to the Augustan age.

Tradition has it that the severed head of the Baptist was served to Herod on this platter. This rare and highly refined artefact made of chalcedony – a transparent precious stone – was certainly suitable for a king.

The gilt edging and the enameled head in the middle of the platter were added in France between the 14th and 15th centuries by master craftsmen who were probably in the service of the royal court.

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