Art & Culture

The beauty of Amalfi’s Monumental Cemetery

Located inside a former Benedictine women’s monastery, this sacred institution offers one of the most exciting views of the area.

By Editors, photo by Gino Imperato

It dominates the town of Amalfi from above and offers fascinating views of the Amalfi Coast. Surrounded by expanses of terraces, the vital source of Sfusato Amalfitano, the local yellow gold, Amalfi’s Monumental Cemetery is part of the area’s religious, historical, and cultural heritage. 

The work of Duke Mansone I

Housed in the monastery of S. Lorenzo del Piano in Amalfi founded in 980, the sacred place housed Benedictine nuns and sisters. The monastery was strongly desired by Duke Manson I, a Lombard prince who contributed to building critical religious sites in the town. He was responsible for constructing the Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle and establishing the episcopal see of Amalfi by Pope John XV.

Hidden treasures

After the Benedictine order abandoned the monastery in 1816, the structure was enriched with a vital tuff colonnade in neo-classical style. The Monumental Cemetery houses inside some ruins of a medieval chapel with a fresco illustrating the Blessing Christ dating back to the 14th century. The cemetery is well-connected to the city. To reach it, it is possible to take the elevator from Piazza Municipio.

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