Sorrento Cathedral

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Sorrento Cathedral west front

Sorrento Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Sorrento, Cattedrale dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Sorrento in the south of Italy, dedicated to Saints Philip and James. It has been the seat of the Archbishop of Sorrento-Castellammare di Stabia since 1986, and was previously the seat of the bishops and archbishops of Sorrento.

History[edit]

It was first built around the 11th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century in Romanesque style.[1]

The poet Torquato Tasso, the best known citizen of the town, was baptized in the church's baptistery.

Exterior[edit]

The cathedral bell tower has three storeys, and is decorated with a clock.[1] The base of the bell tower dates to the time of the Roman Empire.[1] The façade dates from 1924. The main doors are of the 11th century from Constantinople.[2]

Interior[edit]

The interior, on a Latin cross floor plan, is divided into a nave and two side aisles.[3]

The nave contains round arches and paintings by the Nicola Malinconico,[3] including Sorrentine Martyrs and Four Patron Bishop Saints. There are also paintings by Giacomo del Po (Assumption, St. Philip, St. James).[3]

The marble altar and pulpit and the bishop's throne all date from the 16th century.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bonechi Books, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Le guide oro. The Gold Guides. (Casa Editrice Bonechi, 1999), 12.
  2. ^ Cathedral of Sorrento
  3. ^ a b c d Barbara Conti, Giovanna Magi, Amalfi-Sorrento. New Millennium Collection Series. I libri del nuovo millennio. Translated by M. Rhiannon Lewis (Casa Editrice Bonechi, 2003), 15.

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Coordinates: 40°37′31″N 14°22′23″E / 40.625366°N 14.373077°E / 40.625366; 14.373077