salerno cathedral

The St. Matthew Cathedral founded by Roberto the Guiscard and consecrated by Pope Gregory VII, was officially opened in March 1084. The present structure dates back to the earthquake of 5 th June 1688, when it was completely rebuilt. The main entrance has been altered and the courtyard is surrounded by a covered walkway supported by twenty eight plain columns with arches and a series of Roman tombs around the walls. On the southern side of the cathedral stands the bell tower which dates back to XII century.

You access the cathedral through a bronze byzantine door. In the centre nave are the celebrated amboni decorated with sculptures and mosaics dating back to the last decade of the XII century. In the Treasure Chapel, one can admire the many gothic relics including St. Matthew's arm and the statue of the Salerno Martyrs. The crypt is situated under the main alter. The crypt area is made up of nine rows of three bays with a cross shaped vault which rests on pillars. It was restored by Domenico Fontana, who designed the vault in alternate octagonal and circular sections surrounded by stuccoes and paintings. He designed the double main alter where two masses can be celebrated simultaneously.

crypt salerno

For visitors:

    In order to respect the silence and recollection due to the sacredness of the place:

  • The tours are not allowed in speakerphone but it's required the use of suitable earphones instruments (for more information see Infopoint)
  • There are not allowed guided tours during the Eucharistic celebrations and conferences, prayer meetings and the sacred Easter Triduum (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
  • Please keep the cell phones off and do not use cameras with flash.
  • For a dress code in place shorts or skimpy clothes are not allowed.
  • It will be denied the access to all those who do not abide by these provisions.
Piazza Alfano I, 84121, Salerno
+39 089.231387 or 089.2576778
Ticket price: free
Opening Hours Cathedral
Monday8:30 - 19:30
Tuesday8:30 - 19:30
Wednesday8:30 - 19:30
Thursday8:30 - 19:30
Friday8:30 - 19:30
Saturday8:30 - 19:30
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
NOTE: On Public Holiday except January 1st, January 6th, August 15th, November 1st and November 2nd, the opening hours will be: 8:30 - 13:00 & 16:00 - 20:00
Opening Hours Crypt
Monday9:30 - 20:00
Tuesday9:30 - 20:00
Wednesday9:30 - 20:00
Thursday9:30 - 20:00
Friday9:30 - 20:00
Saturday9:30 - 20:00
Sunday16:00 - 18:00
NOTE: On Public Holiday except January 1st, January 6th, August 15th, November 1st and November 2nd, the opening hours will be: 16:00 - 18:00

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