Collegiate Church of St Mary Magdalene

Atrani, Italy

The Collegiate Church of St Mary Magdalene was founded in 1274 on the ruins of a medieval fortress on the initiative of Atrani. Over time the church has undergone considerable restoration. In 1570, near collapse, funds were raised by special taxes on wheat and export of manufactured goods to restore the church.

The building underwent a second operation almost a century later, in 1669. On that occasion it also repaired the sacristy which was equipped with an external counter. In 1753, as the population grew the church was enlarged and expanded by donations from private citizens in addition to the contribution of municipal regiment. It was during this work that the fortress was finally demolished in order to free up additional space enlargement. In recent times, it was renovated by the architect Lorenzo Casalbore of Salerno.

The church is decorated with two transepts. One ceiling is covered externally with tiles; the other has a flat roof. There are numerous statues and paintings placed in various side chapels: The Madonna shepherdess (famous sculpture of 1789) and The Incredulity of St. Thomas (work of the 16th century Salerno Andrea Sabatini). The facade of the church is considered the only example of Rococo on the Amalfi Coast. The terrace of the sacristy overlooks the Gulf of Salerno as the Belvedere of Villa Cimbrone. The bell tower, with its brown tuff, is reminiscent of the Madonna del Carmine in Naples.

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Founded: 1274
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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James McMahan (12 months ago)
Historic church offering Mass at 10:30 Sundays
Tony Familia (14 months ago)
Gorgeous little town and beautiful church
Predrag Maletic (2 years ago)
One of the most famous views on Amalfi coast. It is breath taking and even though there is not much to do in Atrani it is a must visit place on your Amalfi trip. And since it is right between Ravello and Amalfi you can not miss it.
Plamen Kolev (2 years ago)
Gorgeous view from the sea
Antica Porta (5 years ago)
Atrani is a beautiful town of the Amalfi Coast
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