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Detail of a mosaic in a chapel in the Salerno Duomo. One of the main attractions in the town is the amazing cathedral, which is dedicated to St. Matthew, whose tomb is located in the incredible crypt. His relics were reportedly translated to the existing structure, which, as in many other places, was itself built over the ruins of a Roman temple. The product was consecrated in 1085 by Pope Gregory VII, whose tomb is also located here, in the right apse as you’re facing the altar (he died in exile in Salerno). It was, however, modified in the subsequent centuries, most notably in 1688 when it was remodeled in Neapolitan Baroque and Rococo architecture after reported damage resulting from an earthquake but a 1930s-era restoration attempted to return it to its original appearance. Its façade now features a Romanesque portal with bronze doors from Constantinople which date to 1099 and includes 56 panels of the life of Christ.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 573] (1342)
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