The main entrance to the lovely Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa, Italy.
Genova is noted for its medieval churches and this is one of the best. The San Lorenzo Cathedral is located within the heart of old Genoa. This medieval cathedral was consecrated in 1118 and named after St. Lawrence, who passed through the city on his way to Rome.
San Lorenzo is beautifully constructed with a striking contrast of black slate and white marble. The black-and-white pattern adorns the facade in the Pisan style and spread over the upper rows of the facade; these rows belong to different periods. Dating from the 13th century, the columns were rebuilt at the beginning of the 14th century and present the same two-colored pattern. The beautiful barrel vaults along the aisles, the dome, bell tower or campanile, and the apses area were all elegantly designed and date back to the 16th century.