Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Territorio: Salerno e costiera amalfitana
A pearl of the Mediterranean, one of the Maritime Republics, Amalfi has always been unique for its natural beauties and its multi-ethnic culture. The dome, dedicated to Sant’Andrea, is an example. The spectacular structure dominates the small square on a staircase (originally a 20-meter plateau) has an original Arabesque façade with multicoloured decoration, the Gothic arches and the portico’s triple lancet window. The precious mosaic of Sant’Andrea on the bronze door, welcomes the visitor who enters the five naves basilica with a transept, an apse and a lower crypt. In time the structure, born in the 13th century by the fusion of two early Christian churches, underwent many Renaissance and Baroque reworking, visible only from the inside. During the early Christian period, apart from the Roman capitals, in the apsidal area are three 6th century curve arches, englobed in the chapel of Ss. Cosma e Damiano, different from the Longobard and Byzantine style fused in the sculptural decorations of the columns, transepts and balustrades. In 1266 the Chiostro Paradiso was built as cemetery for the most famous citizens of Amalfi, in which only five mummy-cases are left, two of which come from Paestum, decorated with bas-reliefs.
Opening hours: everyday 9-11:30am and 4:30-7; From february 15: 9am-7pm