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Storia

In Honorem Divi Mattei Apostoli

The Cathedral of Salerno

Lions guarding the entrance spans of arches fantastic polychromies.

The majestic bronze portal.

The Cathedral of Salerno was built between 1080 and 1085, after Robert Guiscard’s conquest of the city, during the archbishopric of Alfanus I, poet and physician at the famous Schola Medica Salernitana. The Duomo was consecrated by Pope Gregory VII in June 1084. The original structure was in Romanesque style, but subsequent structural modifications and additions ensued well into the Baroque era.

Basilica
Mon ‒ Sun: 08:30 ‒ 20:00

Baroque Crypt
Mon ‒ Sun: 08:30 ‒ 19:00

Magnifica per la religione in quanto vi riposa San Matteo apostolo ed evangelista. Magnifica per l'arte in quanto il cielo della sua cripta è completamente affrescato con scene tratte dal vangelo.

Valentina
Visitor

Il duomo è ricco di storia, dalle porte provenienti da Costantinopoli, alla tomba di Papa Gregorio VII. Da non perdere la cripta con la tomba dell'apostolo Matteo. Il Quadriportico poi è di una bellezza indescrivibile.

Salvatore
Visitor

Monumento storico della città di Salerno. Al suo interno, nella parte sotterranea vi è la cripta. Si rimane estasiati da quello che mostra e da quello che contiene. Al centro della cripta vi è ancora una piccola sala che porta ad una finestrella dove si suo interno è possibile vedere la tomba di San Matteo

Paolo
Visitor
Consecrated in 1084

A MILLENARY HISTORY

The Duomo was originally built over the ruins of a Roman temple.
After the placement of Saint Matthew’s relics, the original structure got expanded.

1084
1084
Consecrated in June by Pope Gregory VII

FOUNDATION

The Cathedral of Salerno was built between 1080 and 1085, after Robert Guiscard’s conquest of the city, during the archbishopric of Alfanus I, poet and physician at the famous Schola Medica Salernitana. The Duomo was consecrated by the late Pope Gregory VII in June 1084, during his exile in Salerno. On the site of the cathedral there had formerly been a Paleochristian church dedicated to St Mary of the Angels, which was originally built over the ruins of a Roman temple.
1688
1688
As we know it today

THE BAROQUE-ERA RENOVATIONS

The present layout extensively corresponds to the Baroque-era renovation following the earthquake of June 1688: a project by Neapolitan architect Arcangelo Guglielmelli, modified and completed by Roman architect Carlo Buratti. The current entrance layout modified the original Medieval placement of the sculptural lion and lioness pair.
1954
1954
A renewed splendor

THE MOSAICS

The previous apsidal decoration has been replaced with 1954-56 works by mosaicists from the Art School of Ravenna — a few ruined original fragments, though, survive over the triumphal arch: an eagle and an angel respectively symbolizing the evangelists John and Mathew, and sprays of flowers.
Major Works Preserved

ART COLLECTIONS

The Duomo houses remarkable pictorial, sculptural, and stone-cutting works
among the most important ones in the South of Italy.

  • Porta dei Leoni
  • Affresco di San Matteo
  • Portale Bronzeo
  • Pulpito Carafa
  • Statua d’argento di San Matteo
  • Altare maggiore
  • Fonte Battesimale
  • Sepolcro Capograsso
  • Sepolcro Margherita di Durazzo
  • Sarcofago Trionfo di Bacco
  • Arco musivo di Matteo d’Ajello
  • Cappella del Tesoro
  • Sepolcro Duca Guglielmo
  • Sepolcro Sichelgaita
  • Lapide di Landolfo e Guisana
  • Ambone d’Ajello
  • Loggia Barocca
  • Pluteo gotico con Santi
  • Sarcofago del Buon pastore
  • Ambone Guarna
  • Cattedra di Gregorio VII
  • Affresco Madonna dell’umiltà
  • Monumento funebre Sanchez de Luna
  • Reliquiari del 1400
An initiative promoted by

RC. Salerno Duomo

The local Rotary club endeavors incessantly organizing and sponsoring cultural and charitable events — the values of respect and friendship being its cornerstones.

Piazza Alfano I
Historical Center of Salerno
Tel. +39 089 231387
info@duomodisalerno.it

Basilica
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Crypt
Mon ‒ Sun: 08:30 ‒ 19:00

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