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Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta: photos, description (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta)

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the main Church of Benevento in the Italian region of Campania. It was built in the early 7th century, during the Lombard Foundation of the Duchy of Benevento, but in the years of the Second World war, was almost completely destroyed in the 1960-ies rebuilt.

The Cathedral stands on the site of the first Christian Church in Benevento, where once also stood the ancient Roman Capitol. The Cathedral's Foundation dates back to the beginning of the 7th century, although later, when Ercise II, it was expanded in the 8th century). Then, at about 830 the year, the Lombard ruler of SIKO I was attached to the Church nave and two side chapels and placed inside the classical columns, which were the attraction of the Church until its destruction in 1943.

In the 10th century, when Benevento became a diocese, the Bishop of tiger army played again expanded the Cathedral, but the facade and the bell tower was built in the 13th century. In 1456, the year is almost complete of Santa Maria Assunta suffered during the earthquake - it was rebuilt with the help of the Pope Pius II and in 1473-the year of the consecrated. It is possible that in the Church there were two chapels. Serious damage was caused to the Church and during the earthquakes of 1688 and 1702-th years, after which it was restored and kept its appearance until the Second World war.

The current Church building was built in 1950-60-ies by the architect Paolo Rossi De Paoli. The Cathedral has retained its Romanesque façade, bell tower and crypt with fragments of frescoes of the 14th century. All other elements belong to the second half of the 20th century.

The facade of Santa Maria Assunta made in the late 13th century, lined with white marble. It has six arcades and the main portal with an architrave and two ornate imposts. The upper arcade is a balcony which is separated by decorative columns. Above the portal you can see the window socket with mosaics, and in one of the Windows of the lower arcades you can see the image of the knight of the 13th century.

The interior of the Cathedral is designed in modern style, although it retains some historical elements, a huge statue of St. Bartolomeo the beginning of the 14th century, works of art of the 18th century and of course the crypt of the 7th-8th centuries.