Fidenza, situated along the ancient Via Emilia, is among the smaller towns and villages in the province of Parma where signs of life, culture and devotion of the Middle Age are still evident.
Already in early Christian times, mention was made of a small church preserving the mortal remains of St. Domnimus, beheaded in AD 291 on the banks of the river Stirone, to whom the present cathedral is dedicated and whose name was given to the town in the Medieval Age.
Because of the veneration for the saint, the church became a vital stopping place in the Middle Ages for pilgrims bound to Rome along the Via Francigena.
Nowadays, the cathedral still shows how complicated the architecture, sculptures and meaning of a medieval building can be, combining human and universal, nature with spirit, sin with salvation.
The interesting facade with saddlebacked roof is flanked by two high towers and decorated with sculptured stone tablets telling the story of St. Domninus. On either side of the portal there are sandstone tablets and niches containing two beautiful statues representing David and Ezekiel. The decoration is mostly ascribed to Benedetto Antelami, who may have worked in Fidenza during the early 13th century. The cathedral can therefore be considered his last masterpiece and the Madonna with Child in the spacious crypt is one of the finest examples of his art.