Complesso San Pietro a Corte
larghetto San Pietro a Corte
Territorio: Salerno e costiera amalfitana
The complex, born as royal residence for Arechi II, Longobard prince, in 774, is an icon of the Longobard architecture. The Flavian-Trajanic building used to be a thermal structure, later turned into a sepulchral area, containing vir mirabilis epigraphs. With the arrival of the prince, some parts of the structure were modified, like, for example, the addition of the Palatine chapel dedicated to the saints Peter and Paul, big and luminous with its cross vaults. The site, much appreciated also by the Normans, was enriched by Byzantine-style frescoes (of the 12th century are the Madonna col bambino and Santa Caterina d'Alessandria and of the 13th century the Madonna Eleusa con teoria di Santi) and by bass-reliefs. The church, a unique nave with semicircular apsis, has a bell tower ‘reduced’ around year 1000 in the inner part of the roof. During the years it has also served for the meetings of the Parliament in the 13th century and for the appointment of the ‘doctors’ of the Schola Medica Salernitana.
Interesting is the Historia Langobardorum by Paolo Diacono, medieval historian, who describe the history, beauty and protagonists.
Opening hours: Mon 3pm-6pm / Tue-Sun 10am-1pm. Fee entry. The complex is part of the project of the Municipality of Salerno “Monumenti sempre aperti”