Ravello, the restyling work continues on the Duomo with the new lighting of the facade
Ravello. The cathedral, or the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and San Pantaleone, is one of the flagships of the city on the Amalfi coast. An architectural jewel that enchants for its beauty, founded in 1086-1087 on the model of the abbey of Montecassino: the installation of the reused Roman architraves, visible on the three doors in the facade, dates back to this period.
Of great value is the central portal, with bronze panels, the work of Barisano da Trani. Inside there are two splendid ambo with marble inlays: on the right the ambo of the Gospel and on the left another of Byzantine derivation.
In the seventeenth-century chapel to the left of the presbytery there is the ampoule of the blood of San Pantaleone, a relic present in Ravello as early as 1112 and which, every year, presents the phenomenon of liquefaction.
The two-storey bell tower, with mullioned windows and intertwined arches, dates back to the 13th century.
In recent times, the Cathedral has been the subject of conservative and improving restoration works aimed at enhancing its beauty even more. After the restoration of the beautiful wooden entrance door, one of the ancient rooms of the chapel of San Pantaleone was restyled.
The religious building was then equipped with a modern system that allows the liturgical celebrations to be broadcast in direct streaming, a need that has manifested itself in an impressive way especially with the pandemic that has forced many people to no longer be able to follow the different moments of faith.
And finally, a lighting system for the façade was created in order to make it even more beautiful and protagonist even in the evening. The new lighting was inaugurated yesterday on the occasion of the celebrations for the Madonna Assunta and was strongly desired by the parish priest Don Angelo Mansi. The intervention was financed by offers deriving from sacramental celebrations, especially from wedding ceremonies.
An artistic lighting that does not damage the appearance of the ancient façade but, thanks to the cleverly installed LED lights on the columns, enriches and enhances the artistic value of the Duomo.