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The heart of
the historic center

A Gothic jewel built between the 11th and 12th centuries on the ruins of a previous cathedral from the Carolingian era.

Around the year 1000, the splendor and grandeur of Ventimiglia were concentrated in the Upper Town, where the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta still stands. Crossing the threshold of the Cathedral is like taking a journey into the Middle Ages, and into the solemn sacredness of the Gothic style.

History and Style

Initially conceived with a single nave, around 1100 the cathedral was rebuilt with three naves. Part of the building’s charm lies in the stratification of architectural styles: the right side and the facade are Romanesque, but it is possible to recognize thirteenth-century, Gothic and, Baroque elements.

The Bell Tower

The bell tower dates back to the 12th century but the upper section was modified in the 19th century.

The Baptistery

Next to the minor apse on the left, you can admire the 11th century baptistery dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, with a majestic immersion basin.

The crypt

The crypt preserves part of the early medieval church from the 8th century and houses ancient stone fragments dating back to the 8th-12th century. Here, according to some sources, the relics of San Secondo, to whom the church was originally dedicated, were kept.

Piazza Cattedrale, 1 – 18039 Ventimiglia (IM)
Tel: +39 0184 351019

Opening hours and visiting options
Open every day
8 am – 7 pm (free entrance)

Fun fact
According to local traditions, it was built where a pagan temple dedicated to Juno once stood.