Church of S. Matteo

The church stands in a fine setting, to the right of the hamlet of Terravecchia, its central nave above the impressive buttress linking the quarter with the centre of Sarno. Founded during the period of the Counts in the 10th century to mark the arrival of the mortal remains of S. Matteo in Salerno, it was rebuilt in the 13th – 14th centuries in the Gothic style, and subsequently underwent a Neogothic overhaul at the end of the 19th century. There is a fine bell tower, erected during two phases in the 1700s and 1800s; the façade with a pointed arch gateway and decorations  in stucco and terracotta and the doorway date from the early 1600s. The interior, restructured in Neogothic style with fake medieval Moorish decorations, still has the altars and balustrades from the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous grave stones and a much venerated fresco depicting the Madonna and child (14th century).

Period

10th century

Location

Terravecchia Village

INDEX

Sarno's Tour

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