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Vercelli

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Vercelli, a peaceful city of subtle beauty, boasts a number of valuable monuments in its historic centre. A trail of just a few hundred metres takes you past places full of art and history. The route begins at Dugentesco, a former hospital dating back to the 13th century, which was designed to take in pilgrims. On leaving the building, you will find the green stone façade of the Saint André Basilica in front of you. It is an imposing structure with a cloister, various chapels, and a very beautiful chapter house, which boasts impressive harmonious lines. The merging of Romanesque and gothic art, and the Norman and Provençal influences, are well worth a closer look. Another place that deserves to be seen is Piazza Sant'Eusebio square, which is surrounded by ancient trees and is lucky to be the home of the cathedral. Renovated on a number of occasions, the cathedral's neoclassical façade contrasts with the Baroque-style interior courtyard, which was designed by the very talented architect Filippo Juvarra. The church is dedicated to Saint Eusebius and holds a precious silver crucifix dating back to the year 1000. It is the greatest specimen from this period to have survived intact until today.

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