“San Leopardo” Cathedral in Osimo
On the highest part of the city of Osimo stands the Cathedral of San Leopardo
Located on the upper side of Osimo, “San Leopardo” is a majestic cathedral dedicated to Leopardo, the first Bishop of Osimo. Built on a pagan temple in the eighteenth century, the cathedral has been repeatedly extended and modified over the centuries. Today you can see the different combinations of styles the cathedral has undergone.
The main façade is located along the left side of the cathedral and by entering through the courtyard you can admire the majesty of the “San Leopardo” cathedral. At the bottom of the staircase beside the main altar is a crypt where the remains of “San Leopardo” and the early Christian martyrs of Osimo are preserved.
The cathedral also hosts a miraculous wooden crucifix. The crucifix has four nails instead of three, typical of sacred sculptures from before the fourteenth century. Christ wears a priestly garment from the hips to the knees, which is a rare example of Spanish iconography.
Legend has it that on the 2nd of July 1796, in front of 127 people, the statue of the crucified Christ opened his eyes and moved his lips. During the next few days other miraculous events were said to have happened from Ancona to Recanati. Each year on the 2nd of July, Osimo celebrates this miraculous crucifix.