Castellammare Cathedral

Sorrento, Italy

Castellammare Cathedral

The Co-Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption and Saint Catellus (Italian: Concattedral di Maria Santissima Assunta e San Catello) is the Roman Catholic duomo or cathedral of Castellammare di Stabia in the metropolitan city of Naples, in the region of Campania, Italy. It is the main church in Castellammare di Stabia and it is co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Sorrento-Castellammare. It was built in 1587 and was consecrated in 1893. Inside on display for worship is the statue of Saint Catello, the patron saint of the city.

The cathedral was erected near the site of a Christian cemetery which had arisen beside the Roman road between the Ancient Roman towns of Nocera and Stabiae. The first cathedral in Castellammare was placed near the Varano hill; later it was moved near the Castle and then nearby Quartuccio square. After an earthquake in 1436, the building suffered many damages which led to the decision of building a new cathedral. There was a first attempt in 1517 when a committee of citizens assigned the task of projecting the new building to the architect Giovanni Donadio, but for unknown reasons, the plan failed. The same happened in 1569 with a second attempt by the bishop Antonio Laureo.

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