The symbol of the Adriatic city
The Cathedral and its distinctive bell tower represent the essence of Caorle, its dual soul, rooted in history and tradition on the one hand, and a lively modern tourist destination on the other.
The Caorle Cathedral overlooks Piazza Vescovado and is the oldest and most important building in the city. Dating back to 1038, it is dedicated to St Stephen Protomartyr and stands on the ruins of a pre-existing early Christian basilica. The structure is in Romanesque style with Byzantine elements and contains countless treasures: a Roman tomb altar from the 1st century AD, the 13th-14th century Golden Altarpiece behind the high altar, a true masterpiece of Venetian goldsmithing, the 15th century fresco of St Christopher, a baptismal font from 1587 and a series of canvases by the Venetian school.
The bell tower is one of the few original cylindrical bell towers left. It dates back to the 11th century, is 48 metres high and slopes slightly to the east. It has recently been renovated and can be visited by appointment. In summer, you can enjoy evocative night views of Caorle when the sun goes down.