Sorrento Cathedral

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Philip and James, was first built around the 11th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century in Romanesque style. The cathedral bell tower has three storeys, and is decorated with a clock. The base of the bell tower dates to the time of the Roman Empire. The façade dates from 1924. The main doors are of the 11th century from Constantinople.

The interior, on a Latin cross floor plan, is divided into a nave and two side aisles. The nave contains round arches and paintings by the Nicola Malinconico. There are also paintings by Giacomo del Po. The marble altar and pulpit and the bishop's throne all date from the 16th century.

The poet Torquato Tasso, the best known citizen of the town, was baptized in the church's baptistery.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Peter Glynn (8 months ago)
Typical Italian church but the Nativity scene was unusual and special.
Arosha Weerakkody (9 months ago)
Peaceful church...they charge 0.50 cent for the toilet but there was no toilet paper and dirty.
Silmara McGarry (11 months ago)
Beautiful and Peaceful in an Excellent location in Sorento Italy
Liz (13 months ago)
Lovely place to embrace some Italian history and religion. Peaceful surroundings. Stunning architecture. If you are female and have your shoulders bare, be prepared to be asked to wear a cape (provided by the cathedral warden) as a mark of respect. Well worth a visit. No fee to enter but they do have a donations box at the doorway. Also, there is the opportunity to donate and light a candle for loved ones who have passed.
Ray Gutteridge (15 months ago)
Would have had 5 stars but there is an even more impressive church in town (at least it looked like it from the door), so... A simply beautiful place (the frieze just inside on the left is wonderful). They ask for silence or at least quiet, and if you want that, don't go when a tour guide takes people in, as it doesn't seem to apply to them.
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