Italy Sorrento - Sant’Antony Church

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Raimondo Giamberduca

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The Basilica of St. Anthony Abbot, patron saint of the city and of ‘Ancient Archdiocese, is the most popular and most valuable church in Sorrento. It is also the most linked to the history and the devotion of the whole area.
The façade is in Romanesque style.
The Church rich with elements of spoil, like the column shafts coming, very likely, from the numerous Roman country homes present in the area. On the right side of the Church, you can admire a beautiful gate of the XI century with an architrave supported by Corinthian capitals of the Roman era.
Inside the Church there are valuable paintings of Giovanni Bernardo Lama and the representation of the siege of Sorrento in 1648, a splendid painting made by Giacomo Del Po in 1687.
Even the Vestry of the Church merits to be visited because it preserves two precious treasures: the fragments of an antique and elaborated majolican pavement and a beautiful Neapolitan Christmas nativity of the XVII century, from the school of Sammartino, with statues made by most famous sculptors of that time. The shepherds’ clothing are made of precious fabrics enriched by valuable laces and cured in the smallest details.
More details in Italian in the official website

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