Collegiata di San Michele e Museo della Pittura Barocca
Piazza S. Rocco
Territorio: Avellino e Irpinia
- Tel. +39 0825 583330
Set up in 1522 on the area on which rose the Sant’Angelo and Maria parish church, according to the University of Solfora will, the Collegiata was completed in 1614 with the function of celebrating the solemn ceremony of the community. Proclaimed basilica in 1685, it was damaged by earthquakes and restored several times: the current form dates back to the works carried out in the mid-XVIII century. The Renaissance façade, with three portals, has on the central one the Stories of Micheal the Archangel, on the lateral ones those of the Evangelists and of the Fathers of the Church. The niche holds a statue of Saint Micheal. The interior, a Latin cross with three naves, has the wooden carved and golden pannelled ceiling with 21 canvases of Giovanni Tommaso Guarino portraying episodes of the Old Testament; while the paintings on the transept by Francesco Guarino represent scenes taken from the Gospel. Among the other works are ‘Epifania’ by A. Sabatini and ‘Assunzione della Vergine e Santi’ by G.de Mari.
At the back of the altar is the great canvas by G.B. Lama, the ‘Incoronazione della Vergine’, on top, and ‘Angeli musicanti’ (1594), on the bottom. The bell tower dates back to year 1564. The doors, the organ and the pulpit were made in the Neapolitan studio of Antonio Sclavo.