Entering the Cathedral of Narni, from piazza Cavour it’s suggested to go in the center to look at the building in all of its elements: it will be easy to understand the scope of the monument and the choice of certain architectural elements, that made this monument one of the churches to visit in Umbria.

The elements of the central aisle.

The inside of the church appears simple and characterized by architectures from the original building in Roman style. 

In particular, the three naves punctuated by the regular alignment of the columns, divided by two rows of 8 that support the lowered arches: a characteristic of the area narnese, as seen both in the Church of Santa Maria Impensole and in the Church of San Martino di Taizzano.

The harmony of the dimensions is immediately perceived, which stands out as a sure proportional criterion: the length, 44 meters including the thickness of the wall, is exactly the double of the width, without including the fourth aisle which preserves the sacello . 

The vault that covers the building dates back to the fifteenth century. The triumphal arch is twofold: a Romanesque one that opens onto the transept and the second Gothic one that opens into the apse.

Navata centrale della Cattedrale di San GIovenale di Narni

The Renaissance ambos.

Particular are the renaissance ambos, transformation of others pre-existing as you can see from the traces of cosmatesco existing in the inside part of the stone and from the remains of the frames. On the right ambos there is engraved the date 1490. 

The shape is particular and refined is the decoration, especially in the bas-reliefs that adorn the plutei: on the right Saint John the Baptist and Saints Peter and Paul, on the left the Madonna with Child and Saints Juvenal and Cassius.

Cathedral of San Giovenale


Piazza Cavour – 05035 Narni TR

Opening hours

Opening hours: 

  • from 8am to 12.30pm
  • from 3.30pm to 7pm
Where to park

It is suggested to park the car in the Suffraggio’s parking lot and go up with the elevator until Via Garibaldi reaching Piazza Cavour.

Discover Narni.

Continue to walk with us discovering what to see inside the walls of Narni.

Or discover the points of interest of Narni and of its territory:

Vista del Palazzo Vescovile di Narni da Piazza Cavour
City of Narni

Bishop’s Palace

Facing Piazza Garibaldi, with the entrance to Piazza Cavour, the Palazzo Vescovile (Bishop’s palace)  is one of the most impressive buildings of the old town

Learn more

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Comune di Narni

Piazza dei Priori, 1 – 05035 Narni (TR)

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