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Some sources attest to the presence of a church dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus between the fifth and sixth centuries, above which the current votive temple to St. Peter will be built. The construction of the cathedral that would have replaced the old church is set around the middle of the ninth century (tradition has it that the exact year is 841).

The building was severely damaged by the fire that broke out in 1120, an episode that prompted the Republic to work for restoration (perhaps even for reconstruction). In 1436 work began on the construction of the new bell tower, but the most decisive interventions were made under the patriarchate of Antonio Contarini (from 1508 to 1524) and concerned the ceiling, vaults and floor, while between 1512 and 1526 they were redone the minor chapels together with the furnishings and decorations (in this regard the documents mention the names of Giorgio da Menaggio and the master Filippo da Treviso).

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