Chiesa Collegiata di Santa Maria Maggiore
Somma Vesuviana (NA)
Territorio: Pompei e Vesuvio
The church dates back to the twelfth century. The Collegiate was built on an existing church in honour of St. Giacomo and St. Maria della Sanità. In the surroundings of the Aragon’s walls it grew the medieval village of Casamale. At the end of '500 the community of Somma Vesuviana obtained by Pope Clement the approval to erect a church of secular collegiate. The facade, the apse window and the wooden truss prove its Romanesque influence. The portal of piperno with Baroque motifs is dating back to the ‘700. The gold Baroque ceiling decorations is dating back to the end of '600. The precious inlaid pulpit, the eighteenth-century pipe organ and the choir stalls whose seats are authentic works of sculptural art. The ceiling paintings are the restoration work of the painter Angelo Mozzillo, creator of the decorations of the chapel of San Gennaro.