Santa Maria Assunta Church

Positano, Italy

The history of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption is closely linked to the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary, which, according to oral tradition, was built when a Byzantine icon of the Virgin was brought to Positano and venerated in our church thereafter.

The abbey allegedly dates back to the second half of the 10h century. It was mentioned for the first time in a manuscript of the late 11th century.

The years of commendatory abbots was mostly negative for our church. Its architectural traces were almost totally lost, while the church started to fall into decay, in spite of continuous reproaches by Amalfi archbishops and a thorough rebuilding at the beginning of the 17th century. The last commendatory abbot, Liborio Manna from Naples, was deprived of his power by the local clergy, which, in 1777, started restoring the church. The works lasted about five years.

The interior has a nave and two aisles, with five arches, corresponding, along the aisles, to five chapels on each side. When approaching the high altar from the entry, we may admire the chapels of St. Blaise, of the Immaculate Conception, of St. Anthony and St. Anne on the right. The altar of the Circumcision is on the right end, with a valuable painting by Fabrizio Santafede (1599). The chapel of St. Steven, on the right of the high altar, houses the wooden statue of Our Lady with Infant Christ. Above the high altar a small temple opens up with a recently restored Byzantine icon. On the apse sides, the walnut chorus features two niches, lodging Our Lady of Sorrows on the right and a valuable Christ at the column by Michele Trilocco (1798) on the left.

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Via Savino 4, Positano, Italy
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Founded: 10th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Arosha Weerakkody (4 months ago)
Beautiful church....too crowded
Marius Surplys (7 months ago)
The Church of Santa Maria Assunta, commonly known as the Positano Church, is a prominent landmark in the picturesque town of Positano, located on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The church's bell tower stands tall next to the main structure and adds to the church's visual appeal. It is often depicted in photographs and postcards showcasing Positano's beauty. The main attraction within the church is the Byzantine icon of the Black Madonna, also known as the Madonna di Positano. The 13th-century wooden icon is believed to have been brought to Positano by sailors from the Byzantine Empire and is highly venerated by the locals.
Chhanda Barman (7 months ago)
It's the main church of Positano and the dome is instantly visible once you see the town. The story of Black Madonna is really interesting as well
Vishesh Saxena (11 months ago)
Beautiful church in the way of beach. The town ans the lanes are amazing.
Anna Cox (2 years ago)
Beautiful and welcoming. I had the fortune to attend mass on Pascua 2022 Really special! For some reason, the outside steps always smell like urine from what/who, I don’t know?
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