Duomo di Avellino
Territorio: Avellino e Irpinia
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The cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, commissioned by the bishop Roberto in 1132, is the most important temple of the city: damaged by various earthquakes and wars, it has had many restorations and enlargements. Until the end of the seventeenth century was in Romanesque style; then, during the second half of the nineteenth century, the bishop Francesco Gallo started a big restoration that transformed it in the Neoclassical style. The last work in 1985 has given the Cathedral its current look. The elegant neoclassical alabaster and basalt façade, designed by the architect Pasquale Cardola in 1860, remains; next to the main portal, two niches with the saints Modestino da Antiochia, patron saint of Avellino, and Guglielmo da Vercelli, patron saint of Irpinia. The three chiselled bronze doors are by G. Sica form Avellino. Very interesting is the central portal portraying some scenes of the religious and civil history of Avellino. The steps with a white marble banister is in late baroque style (1788). The interior is characterized by a Latin cross plan divided into three naves, the lateral ones made up of 10 chapels containing statues and paintings. The left aisle hosts a wooden simulacrum by Nicola Fumo da Baronissi with the image of the Virgin Mary, a statue carried in procession on august 15. The ceiling of the main nave has a marvellous wooden coffer. The transept, with the lateral chapels "del Tesoro di San Modestino" and “della SS. Trinità”, presents a modern white marble altar. At the end of the apse, there’s the monumental polychromatic altar by Fanzago (1572). From the late baroque sacristy, you gain access to the capitular sacristy, to the cathedral’s archive and to the bishop’s salon. Under the transept there’s the Romanesque crypt, divided into three naves by stone columns. On the right side of the cathedral stands the bell tower with an onion dome.
Opened: MON-SAT 9am-1,30pm/6pm-8pm