Cattedrale dell'Assunta di Ischia Ponte
Ischia Ponte (NA)
Via Luigi Mazzella
Territorio: Capri, Ischia e Procida
A small church built in the XII century and dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, that became a cathedral in 1810. During the centuries the church has been demolished three times and then rebuilt: the edifice underwent many changes that have enlarged and transformed the cathedral with baroque shapes. The crypt remains of the old building, with a rectangular plan, and traces of frescos inspired by Giott’s stay in naples. There are many other traces of that time like stucco decorations, a stone altar and pillars that incorporate trachytic rock columns of the XII century. The marble floor dates back to 1912, while up high, at the center of the triumphal arch, there is a stucco effigy of a woman. probably the wife of Pietro Cossa, founder of the church. The baroque façade has three entries protected by a strong fence and an elegant mosaic, realized by contemporary artists. The church’s interior is full of light, and dominated by a cupola of Bramantesque inspiration. On the side there is a tower belfry, built in 1596, in order to offer a shelter to the population during the Barbaric invasions. In the church, other than paintings, there are also many other artworks, among which, a rare crucifix of the Catalan school of 1200, the marvelous marble altar, realized with a baroque style banister around 1746 and 1764 and last, down the right-hand side nave, the Cappella del Sacramento, dedicated to the Madonna della Libera.
Open: Holy Mass hours: SUN: 10am – 12am – 6pm SAT-SUN 6pm