The Cathedral of San Zeno
It is possible that in Pistoia already existed a cathedral in the 5th century.
At that time, indeed, the city had a Bishop. However we don't know which was the location of the church, maybe in the same place of the current one, or elsewhere.
The first written document that mentions the cathedral dates back to the year 923; but, because of fires and earthquakes, the church has been submitted to different restorations and re-buildings, the last in 1834.
The Cathedral has a facade in Romanesque style, like other churches in the city (San Bartolomeo and Sant'Andrea). On the top of the facade, in the corners, there are two marble statues of the Patron Saints, San Zeno and San Jacopo.
The imposing building has three naves subdivided by columns, a raised presbitery and crypt. The trussed ceiling has a decoration of the 14th century.
The facade of the Cathedral of San Zeno is preceded by a porch, that shows works of Andrea della Robbia (the lunette over the central portal, representing the Madonna with the Child between angels).
Inside there are frescoes, canvasses, marble and silver altars, the carved baptismal font, funeral monuments from the 1200's to the 1900's, among which the sarcophagus of Sant'Atto, with three marble bas-relief dated 1337.