Being characterised by early Christian buildings, Grado Cathedral, called Basilica of Sant’Eufemia rises in the “old town" at Campo dei Patriarchi.in Campo dei Patriarchi nella "città vecchia"
Its origins date back a long way. "Petrus basilichetta“, on which Niceta placed the foundations for a new church in the early 5 th century AD, already existed as early as the 4 th century AD.
Consecrated in 579 AD by Bishop Elia, it continues to be a place of worship in the historic town centre of Grado.
The internal structure of the basilica is divided into three naves, divided by columns with capitals supporting the arcades. The apse bears a large fresco depicting Christ surrounded by the symbols of the Evangelists, the Madonna, Saint Ermacore, John the Baptist and Saint Fortunato. Above the altar is a gilded silver altar piece, a masterpiece of the art of Venetian goldsmiths. The fascinating, 11 th century pulpit bears embossed symbols of the Evangelists.
The cathedral floor follows the canons of the Byzantine style (schematic and geometric), in which the most prominent pattern is that of underwater waves. The floor mosaics include one depicting the "Castrum of Grado".
The Basilica is next to the Mediaeval church tower, on top of which there is an almost 3-metre high angel weathervane (Anzolo San Michele), a gift from Venice and the symbol of Grado today; the Baptistry; the Lapidary and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Grazie, the oldest church in the town.
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Since its consecration in 579 AD, the Basilica of Sant’Eufemia has never ceased to celebrate religious services and has carried out its work continually.