Cattedrale di Montemarano
With its unmistakable medieval style, the cathedral is one of the most ancient monuments in Irpinia. Re-open to public in 1991, the church of S. Maria Assunta has recovered its original form after years of restoration works, which have strengthened the structure damaged by the 1980 earthquake and various modifications carried out in time, such as the Baroque decorations, the lowering of the 18th century nave, the elevation of a flattened cupola and the demolition of the last spans.
The structure has three naves divided by Romanesque columns with apse and transept, sided by a bell-tower with pyramidal basament. Yet, the crypt remains the most faithful example of medieval architecture with its two naves characterized by thin columns ending in cross vaults. The 12th century frescoes of the nave portraying S. Nicola di Bari and S. Giovanni di Montemarano make all more suggestive. Today, the cathedral boasts its sacred furnishings and artistic heritage valorized by the precious restoration works.