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Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta


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The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta stands triumphantly in Andria's Piazza del Duomo. An extraordinary example of Norman architecture, it has taken on its current late-Gothic look over the course of the centuries.

Its elegant neoclassical colonnade gives on to an austere pitched façade that is dominated by the bell tower. This massive structure, built over an earlier Lombard tower, reaches to the sky with an octagonal pinnacle capped by a copper rooster.

The interior is divided into two aisles and a nave with ten lateral chapels. As an important repository of art, the Cathedral boasts a gold reliquary on top of the altar, and two 19th century paintings by Michele De Napoli.

The Cappella di San Riccardo (the Chapel of Saint Richard) dates to the 15th century, while the Cappella della Sacra Spina della Corona di Nostro Gesù Cristo (Chapel of the Sacred Thorn of the Crown of Jesus Christ) is located to the right of the Presbytery. Here you'll also find the entrance to the Crypt , once an early-Christian church with two naves and groin vaulting where two of Frederick II's wives are buried.

  • Historical notes

    The Cathedral was originally built in the 12th century by Goffredo d’Altavilla (Geoffrey of Hauteville). Since 1308 preserves the Sacred Thorn, a holy relic of the Christ's Crown donated by Beatrice of Anjou.
    Razed to the ground in 1350 by the mercenary army of Louis I of Hungary, the Cathedral was subsequently reconstructed by Francesco II del Balzo, Duke of Andria, after the bones of the Patron Saint, Riccardo d’Inghilterra had been found. According to legend, it was here that the thirteen knights led by Ettore Fieramosca met before the famous Challenge of Barletta.

  • Architecture

    Andria's Cathedral is an exquisite example of Norman architecture, which, in the 9th and 10th centuries, took on a late-Gothic look with its austere pitched façade and massive, medieval bell tower. The with two aisles and a nave is crossed by imposing pointed arches. The Cappellone di San Riccardo (the large Chapel of Saint Richard), the only one of the ten lateral chapels with baroque decor, is covered in rich bass reliefs portraying the Saint's life and works. 

  • The prodigy of Sacred Thorn

    When the 25th March, the day of Annunciation, coincides with Good Friday, the Sacred Thorn undergoes a chromatic change. The red spots on it seem to come to life.
    The next prodigy is espected in 2157.
    From 1633 to 2016 the event has happened 15 times.

Piazza Duomo 25 76123 Andria +390883593032 +39338 3260891 Write us Go the the website

Travel period

From 01/01/2016
to 31/12/2016
Opening hours 09:30 - 12:30, 16:00 - 18:45
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Upon reservation

From 01/01/2016
to 31/12/2016
Open around the clock from 16:00 from 18:45
Every Sunday

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