Rapolla Cathedral

Rapolla, Italy

Rapolla Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. Formerly the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Rapolla, it is now a co-cathedral in the Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa.

The structure was erected in a Romanesque style in 1209 on the site of a paleochristian building, possibly occupying the site of a pagan temple. The belltower was designed by Sarolo di Muro Lucano. Rebuilt a few decades later in 1253, by Melchiorre da Montalbano, it has survived in this earthquake-prone region. The interior with three naves, separated by columns and arches, houses a 16th-century crucifix with bas-reliefs depicting Adam and Eve and the Annunciation by Sarolo da Muro Lucano. The apse also has a 13th-century carved polychrome wooden crucifix.

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Founded: 1209
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Maria Acocella (2 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral both inside and out. Very well kept.
Antonello De Rosa (2 years ago)
Beautiful architecture, if you are in Rapolla go and visit the Cathedral, it is beautiful.
Rita Costantini (3 years ago)
Rebuilt after the 1980 earthquake. Ask the lady across the street to open the door
Carlo Cardinale (7 years ago)
Seen from outside it is impressive and beautiful. Too bad it's closed to visits and prayers. This of the historic churches closed in Basilicata is a misfortune that cannot be remedied. Yet there is a religious cultural tourism that travels along the historical itineraries of faith and would like to see the efforts made up and down the mountains and villages rewarded. It is an open-air museum of inestimable beauty and it is a grave sin to keep it closed. Let someone, the Curia Superintendency Region, take charge of it, otherwise it is useless to complain.
ANK PAKO (7 years ago)
Little remains of the original Romanesque style structure. Precious bas-reliefs on the external right and some wooden statues and icons of relief inside.
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