Atina Val Di Comino Italy

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta of Atina

The Cathedral Exterior

Atina’s Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta proudly stands in Piazza Marconi alongside the Palazzo della Prepositura. The first church was founded in the 11th century on the site of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the God Saturn.

At this time the church was dedicated to San Giovanni Battista. The remains of the martyr San Marco were deposited in this early church which was first documented in 1208 in the privilege of Pope Innocent III.

In 1349 the whole of Atina was destroyed in a devastating earthquake.  Subsequently a new church was constructed. In 1405 a bell tower with four bells was erected, three large and one small to signal the hour. By the 16th century the church had been significantly enlarged, it had three chapels dedicated to the Santissimo Rosario, San Giovanni Battista and San Giuseppe.

Cathedral in Piazza Garibaldi in Atina Italia

Soon more chapels were added dedicated to the Santissimo Crocifisso and la Madonna di Loreto, the Santissimo Sacramento and Sant’Antonio di Padova. In 1623 the church door was struck by a violent lightening bolt.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

In 1873 the building was damaged once again by an earthquake which caused the need for major repairs. Further enhancements to the structure were included in the work and then on the 3 May 1878 it was deemed to grant the church the higher status of a Cathedral and it was re-dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta.

Since then the building has withstood the further serious earthquakes of 1915 and 1984.  During WWII and the heavy bombing of Atina by the Allies the cathedral was seriously damaged, the dome was destroyed and several treasured works of art were lost.

The church, as we see it today, is decorated in an ornate Baroque style.  The grand facade has two bell towers and in the niche between them is a statue of San Rocco.

San Rocco Atina Cathedral Italy

© Gianpiero Vassalli

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italia
San Rocco Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta of Atina Italy
Clock of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Reflection-Cathedral of Atina in Italy

© Italo Caira

Door of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Balcony of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Doorway of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Cathedral in Piazza Marconi Atina Italy

The Dome of the Cathedral

Dome of Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

© Italo Caira

Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

© Giuseppe Massa

Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Cathedral and Rooftops of Atina in Italy

© Eugenio Emilio Frederick

The Cathedral Interior

The interior of the church has a central nave and two side aisles.  Below are views looking towards the main altar.

Inside Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italia
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italia

© Italo Caira

San Marco of Atina in Italy

The Altar

Inside the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Inside the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

© Italo Caira

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina in Italy

© Italo Caira

Inside the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Altar Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Painting of the Assumption in the Cathedral of Atina Italy
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina in Italy
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta Atina in Italy
Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Marble Chair in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Monument in the Cathedral of Atina Italy

The Decoration of the Cathedral Interior

The interior of the cathedral was embellished with some beautiful frescoes by the painter, Teodoro Mancini (1796-1868), born in Atina.  There is a memorial plaque on the house were he was born in Via Planca.  Mancini had studied at the Academy in Naples and had won a scholarship to complete his studies in Rome as a student of the Antonio Canova. Some of his grand works were destroyed during the second World War.  Those that are still remaining depict “St Thomas Aquinas”, “The Transfiguration”, “St Luke” and “St Matthew”.  In the early 1900’s several more frescoes were added by the hand of Vincenzo Galloppi, who was also an artist of the Neapolitan school.  These included: “The Coronation of the Madonna” and “The Baptism of St John the Baptist”.  Sadly some canvases by the artist Luigi Velpi were stolen from the Cathedral in 2010.

Teodoro Mancini of Atina Italy
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italia

© Italo Caira

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Atina Italia

© Italo Caira

Inside Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italia

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Interior Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Painting by Velpi in the Cathedral of Atina Italy

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Ceiling in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy

The cathedral’s ornate dome is richly decorated with  gilded stucco work in the Baroque style.

Frescoes in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Inside Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Interior Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Baroque Cathedral of Atina Italy
Painting in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Organ and Fresco in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Organ Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

The pipe organ which was built in 1737 by the Catarinozzi family, master organ builders of Affile.

Side Chapels and Altars

There are several side altars and chapels dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie, Sant’Anna, the Madonna di Pompei, the Sacred Heart, the Santissimo, the Crucifiso, and the Sleeping Madonna.

Side Altar Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Side Altar Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Side Chapel in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Side Chapel in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Side altar of the Cathedral of Atina Italy
Side Altar Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Side Chapel in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Side-Chapel-in-Cathedral-of-Atina-Italy
Madonna delle Grazie in Atina Cathedral Italy
Santa Maria Assunta in the Cathedral of Atina Italy
Statues in theCathedral of Atina in Italy
Statue in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy
Sleeping Madonna in Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Side Altar Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Side Altar Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

The Choir Stalls

Choir Stalls in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Choir stalls in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

The Pulpit and Confessional

The central wooden pulpit and confessional, which is carved with the ancient emblem of Atina, dates from 1738 and the baptismal font and the wooden baptistery were executed in 1750 by two artists from Naples.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy
Font in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Atina Italy

 

Old Door in the Cathedral of Atina in Italy

The Statue of San Marco Patron Saint of Atina

San Marco patron saint of Atina in Italy

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

 

 

Italian Heart

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All other photos I have taken myself –  © Louise Shapcott