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the cathedral of

san lorenzo

art & history

IN PLACE OF A THOUSAND YEARS

It's the beating heart of Scala, the life of the whole community basis. The cathedral dates back to the 'eleventh century. He has been transformed, from Romanesque-Gothic to the eighteenth-century Rococo. Inside they are kept art treasures and hidden secrets, still under study.

The facade of the Duomo. It's imposing size and the massive bell tower testify to the importance that the city had especially in the Middle Ages.

white ROCOCO'

In the dark front hides the white of the plaster inside. The style is simple and rigorous, one of the finest examples of Rococo in Italy.

1747 A.D.

The white walls enhance contrast to the ceiling canvases, colorful, depicting the works of San Lorenzo. Soft shells and vases of flowers to give prominent colorfully scenes and characters.

At the entrance of the nave there are two holy water fonts composed of various vintage pieces. The left one is the most interesting: a grill on the stem with a baroque style palm leaf; At the center of the basin, from the Romanesque period, a small frog sculpture.

The transept, especially the tiled floor. Angels and floral decorations framing the gridiron, the instrument symbol of the martyrdom of San Lorenzo.

altar of the treasury

Made of marble painted blue and gold, he occupies the right apse of the cathedral. The work, in Renaissance style, is a rarity in the Amalfi Coast. Behind a rugged gate shelf 9 niches accommodates as many statues of saints. Each, made of painted wood, keeps in his breast a relic of the saint depicting.

The treasures of the Amalfi Coast

In the centuries Scala has seen splendor and ruin. The treasure  kept in the Cathedral dating back to the Middle Ages especially, the maximum period commercial and cultural development of the city in the context of the Amalfi Dukedom. In shops she flourished a 'goldsmith art of Byzantine influence and especially Arab. The social and economic decline of Scala is linked to that of the entire Amalfi territory; it was influenced by the twenty-year War of the Vespers (1282-1302), which caused pestilence, famine, depopulation.

THE CRYPT OF THE PURGATORY

Owes its name to the large amount of human bones that were found there. Accidentally discovered in 1958, it is placed at mid-height between the Cathedral and the Crypt of Paradise. It has recently been re-opened to the public; now houses of artistic and cultural events.

THE CRYPT OF PARADISE

The only example of Gothic style architecture present on the Amalfi Coast. Restored in 1863, it is a very different environment from the underground and dark crypts: with vaults of up to ten meters in height, the Paradise crypt looks festive and flooded with light. Significant elements are the central altar that houses the deposition with the beautiful wooden Christ and the tomb of Marinella Rufolo.

The Duomo is arranged on three levels, in fact rests on two crypts overlap: those of Heaven and Purgatory.
SEPULCHRAL monument of marinella RUFOLO

On the north side of the Crypt it's an impressive Gotich funerary monument. According to local literature, the tomb would house the remains of Marinella Rufolo.

14th. century

MEDIEVAL MARRIAGE

It's still strong in the memory of Scalesi the fourteenth-century timeless tale, the love story of Antonio Coppola and Marinella Rufolo: the wedding, held in the Cathedral, was organized to iron out issues of power between opposing and influential families of the two young people: the Scala Coppola and Rufolo in Ravello. But what began as just a political affair turned into true love. Antonio and his son were killed in an ambush by gunmen and Marinella, faithful to her husband, locked himself in a pained silence until his death that came a few years later.