The small Italian town of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi lies on a hill between the two gulfs (sui Due Golfi) of Naples and Salerno – a few kilometres from Sorrento and has developed around the main square and the Church of St Agata.
The church, which was founded by the Casafestina family in 1745, is a Latin cross church and said to be ‘amongst the most architecturally interesting, religious buildings in the district of Massa Lubrense’. In the nave there are three chapels on each side, at the extremity of the transept there are two family chapels.
The Altar (an important oeuvre attributed to the Florentine school of XVI century), in polychrome marble shaped stones and mother of pearl boasts light and dark effects made by the famous architect Dionisio Lazzari in 1654.
Inside, also, many XVI century paintings of notable interest. Recent restoration work has, unexpectedly, uncovered great decoration and rare local sceneries such as in the painting of “Madonna delie Grazie” by Giovanni Antonio d’Amato
The church was originally dedicated to Saint Mary of the Graces, but was refurbished in 1745 and dedicated to Saint Agatha, the Martyr of Catania.
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