Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta o Duomo
Territorio: Benevento e Sannio
- Tel. +39 0823 953059
Consecrated in 780, it was re-built and transformed various times during the Longobard era. Other enlargement works were carried out in the XIII century, period in which the current two-order façade was realized. During the centuries, it underwent many transformations. Severely damaged by the bombing of 1943, it has been reconstructed between 1950-1960. Of the original construction only remain: the Romanesque style façade, the 1280 bell-tower and the crypt. The façade presents an inferior order of blind arcades that frame the three entrance portal; other blind arcades are situated on the extremities. Particularly interesting are the XII century Bronze Door, built with 72 panels decorated with the scenes of the life of Christ, whose ruins are preserved in
the chapter library. The superior order of the façade, surmounted by statues of lions and calves, has blind arcades supported by small columns on consoles, that frame three roses. The bell tower with a square plan is made by blocks of white stone and it presents the decorated sides with materials of ancients spolia and double lancet windows on the second level. The interior is characterized by five naves, topped by a great triumphal arch preceding the main altar. In the Cappella del SS. Sacramento, 18 ancient white marble fluted columns have been re-employed. In the crypt are preserved the ruins of Roman and late medieval floors and of frescoes and sculptures.
Opening hours: MON-SUN 9,00-12,00/16,00-18,00