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Italia Amalfi6 The Crypt of St. Andrew


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Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
At the top of a staircase, Saint Andrew's Cathedral (Duomo) overlooks the Piazza Duomo, the heart of Amalfi. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century; The preserved bones of the apostle Andrew was brought to Amalfi by the Papal Envoy to the Fourth Crusade, Cardinal Pietro Capuano. The remains of St. Andrew were reportedly brought to Amalfi from Constantinople in 1206; in 1208, the crypt was completed and the relics were turned over to the church

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Italia Amalfi6 The Crypt of St. Andrew

  1. 1. The Amalfi Coast boasts one of the most stunning views in Italy What stands out amongst Amalfi's many riches is without a doubt the magnificent Cathedral, a true jubilation of art dedicated to Sant'Andrea patron of the city The patron saint of Amalfi is Saint Andrew, the Apostle, whose relics are kept here at Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea/Duomo di Amalfi).
  2. 2. The cloister leads into the Basilica of the Crucifix, dating from the 10th century. Stairs near the east end descend into the Crypt of St. Andrew, where the saint's relics are kept in the central altar. The cloister Basilica of the Crucifix Duomo During the Fourth Crusade, Cardinal Pietro Capuano swiped Andrew's relics from Constantinople and brought them to Amalfi. The relics arrived on May 8, 1208 and were placed in the cathedral's crypt, where they remain today.
  3. 3. Crypt entrance
  4. 4. The central altar shows a large bronze sculpture, depicting the Apostle Andrea (St. Andrew). The statue of St. Andrew (1604) was sculpted by Michelangelo Naccherino of Florence, a student of Michelangelo
  5. 5. The marble statues of St. Lawrence and St. Stephen (deacons of the Eastern and Western Church) were sculpted by Pietro Bernini, father of the more famous Gianlorenzo Bernini.
  6. 6. The crypt is presented today in the late Mannerist form conferred in the first decades of the seventeenth century by the will of Philip III, king of Spain (the frescoes of the crypt were donated by King Philip III of Spain in 1660)
  7. 7. We can admire the frescoed vault, with scenes of the Passion of Christ set between rich and elegant gilded stucco decorations, by the Scala artist, Vincenzo de Pino.
  8. 8. The new layout of the crypt, which replaced the twelfth century, was designed by the court architect Domenico Fontana (1543 – 1607)
  9. 9. Behind the altar are painted on marble images of St. John the Baptist and St. Andrea (the seventeenth century)
  10. 10. St Andrew was the first disciple of Jesus Christ and he is the brother of Saint Simon Peter. He is also the patron saint of Barbados, Romania, Russia, Scotland and Ukraine. He is considered the founder and the first bishop of the Church of Byzantium and is consequently the patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
  11. 11. During regular hours (10am–6:45pm) the cathedral closes its main doors and you can only enter through the Cloisters of Paradise, and therefore must pay, but you can see the Duomo for free (though not the adjacent cloisters and small museum) if you come to mass at 9am or after 6:45pm.
  12. 12. The cathedrals bronze doors are framed by a Romanesque portal, carved with vines inhabited by mythical beasts
  13. 13. Sound: Andrea Amici - Inno a SantAndrea op.10 Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Internet All  copyrights  belong to their  respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu 2018