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St Sigismondo’s Church - Cremona
Cremona - Chiesa San Sigismondo

In 1463 Bartolomeo Gadio was commissioned by Bianca Maria Visconti to build this church. At the end of the century it was modified and finished by B. De Lera, an architect working for the Sforzas. The church, beside being considered the most important among De Lera’s works, is a masterpiece of the Renaissance period in Lombardy prior to Bramante. The inner part, decorated in 1535, is a rare example of harmonious, XVI-century Mannerist decoration in northern Italy. The presbytery was decorated by C. Boccaccino, while G. Campi’s frescos of the Main Prophets embellish the walls around the big windows under the vaults and on the chevets of the limbs of the transept.

Piazza Bianca Maria Visconti - Cremona
St Agata’s Church - Cremona
Cremona - Chiesa Sant' Agata

The church was built in 1077 and was afterward completely renovated by Bernardino De Lera, who planned the present five-aisled layout. Between 1836 and 1845 Luigi Voghera renovated the façade in the Neoclassical style: the result is a central Ionic hexastyle pronaos with entablature and tympanum, decorated with high reliefs by G. Seleroni (XIX century) portraying the martyrdom of St Agata and with statues of the Redeemer, St Peter and St Paul by G. Giudici. The Romanesque bell tower, with double and triple lancet windows, stands in the background. The church has a Latin cross plan with five aisles divided by pillars.

Corso Garibaldi - Cremona
St Michele Vetere’s Church - Cremona
Cremona - Chiesa San Michele Vetere

The church dates back to the Lombard age and is the oldest building in Cremona. It was renovated by Bishop Landolfo in the XI century, then enlarged by Bishop Oberto in 1124 and finally modified in the XVII century in the Romanesque-Lombard style. The façade is made of red bricks. The interior of the building is divided into three aisles, separated from one another by monolithic columns with Romanesque capitals, on which XII-century stylized leaves and older (XI century) human shapes are portrayed. The columns sustain the lancet arches, that were modified in the XIV century. The original Romanesque roofing with wooden trusses was replaced with cross vaults in the XVII century.

Piazza S. Michele - Cremona
St Agostino’s Church - Cremona
Cremona - Chiesa Sant' Agostino

The order of the “Eremiti” commissioned the building of the church in 1339, on the area where the little IX-century Pre-Romanesque St. Giacomo in Breda’s church stood. It was probably built by Teodosio Guarnieri in the Lombard Gothic Monastic style, although the church was modified during the following centuries. Three semi-columns divide the surface of its Gothic, red-brick, single-spire façade, which is decorated with rose windows and a gallery on the top. On the southern side of the church the four XV-century chapels are an example of late Gothic Lombard architecture. The square bell tower, with its conic crowning, follows the local architectonic tradition. The three-aisled interior of the basilica is decorated with pillars, a semicircular apse and barrel vaults, which are divided into seven bays by means of ribs.

Piazza S. Agostino - Cremona
St Abbondio’s Church - Lauretano Sanctuary - Cremona
Cremona - Chiesa Sant' Abbondio

The church and the adjoining Benedictine monastery are likely to have been built in the X century. Their present aspect was decided by the order of “Umiliati” and then by the order of “Teatini”, who modified the original project. In 1624 the noble Pietro Ala from Cremona commissioned the building, next to the church, of the chapel called “Santuario Lauretano”, which is a perfect imitation of the Church in Loreto called “Santa Casa” (“Holy Home”). The chapel gives access to the one-aisled church. On the altars in the niches along the aisle stand wooden statues of the patron saints and of the founders of the religious communities living in the monastery. The typical Mannerist façade is attributed to F. Dattaro. The single spire bell tower is embellished with triple lancet windows and maintains the original Romanesque-Gothic elements. Beside the church stands the simple and severe monastery, commissioned in 1511 by the order of “Umiliati”, which overlooks the wonderful cloister designed by Bramante.

Piazza S. Abbondio - Cremona
Town Hall - Cremona
Cremona - Palazzo del Comune

The town hall was built in 1206 (as the plaque on the façade states) with the irregular, rectangular structure typical of old administrative buildings in Lombardy. The two arcades with lancet arches at the base of the building are separated by a red-brick wall, where the main door used to open. The building has only one big main hall called “Della Ragione”, where the town General Council used to meet. Both the arcades and the main hall had wooden coffered ceilings. The huge hall must have looked severe and imposing at the time due to its red-brick walls and its triple Romanesque lancet windows.

Piazza del Comune - Cremona
Fodri Palazzo - Cremona
Cremona - Palazzo Fodri

The Fodri Palace is one of the most interesting examples of Renaissance architecture in Cremona. It was built by Guglielmo de Lera and decorated by artists of the Giovanni Antonio Amadeo’s school between 1488 and the beginning of the XVI century. Two more “Fodri” palaces have been discovered in Beltrami ST., which was named in the past “Contrada delli Signori Fodri” (“The noble Fodris’ quarter”). During renovation work in 2008 some interesting frescos were brought to light in one room on the ground floor of the building; the frescos, the only profane pictures ever found in Cremona (whose author is still unknown) portray the myth of Tereus, Philomena and Procne from Ovidio’s Metamorphoses.

Corso Matteotti, 17 - Cremona
Trecchi Palazzo - Cremona
Cremona - Palazzo Trecchi

Architect Giacomo Donato Calvi is said to have been commissioned to build the palace by Giacomo Trecchi, Antonia Trivulzio’s husband, in 1494. The palace was one of the most important and magnificent of the Renaissance period in Cremona and hosted therefore kings, emperors, bishops, distinguished men and leaders, among whom: Louis XII of France, Charles V of Spain and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Around 1840 architect Brilli was commissioned by Marquis Manfredo Alessandro Trecchi to renovate the palace in the Neo-Gothic style. The façade is now decorated with Gothic and Moresque elements, such as the big horizontal frieze and the crowning battlements. In the courtyard the arcades are supported by eighteen red Verona marble columns. Today the palace hosts meetings, together with public and private events.

Via Trecchi, 20 - Cremona
Zaccaria Pallavicino Palazzo - Cremona
Cremona - Palazzo Zaccaria Pallavicino

In 1790 Faustino Rodi was commissioned by the famous Zaccarias of Cremona to build this imposing Neoclassical palace. The body and the two wings protrude on the street and are decorated with ashlars in the lower part and with plaster in the upper part, where Ionic semi-columns and the massive central pediment stand out. The unusual and beautiful circular atrium overlooks an imposing porch sustained by granite Doric twin columns, which leads to a garden portrayed with the sfondato technique. On the right, under the barrel vaults decorated with stucco elements, stands the double staircase. The internal walls, like the external ones, are embellished with ashlars and semi-columns.

Corso Matteotti, 19 - Cremona
Cittanova Palazzo - Cremona
Cremona - Palazzo Cittanova

The Cittanova Palace was built in 1265 outside the ancient Roman town. Together with the Trecchi Palace and St Agata’s Church, it became the new core of Cremona after its medieval enlargement. The façade overlooking the square is two-floored: the ground floor is embellished with a porch with Gothic arcades and wooden lacunar ceiling; the upper brick façade is crowned with battlements and is decorated with four triple lancet windows which bring light into the only big hall. Today the palace hosts meetings and events.

Corso Garibaldi, 120 - Cremona
 
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