The Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo (Saint Mary of the Assumption into Heaven) is a place of worship in Frigento, in the historic centre of the town.
Awarded the title of "Cathedral" during the period when Frigento was a bishopric, the church may have early Christian origins. Today, the building has a structure with a nave and two aisles, with a semicircular apse and side chapels. The upper structure of the Church is the result of the reconstruction made necessary by the disastrous earthquake of 1732, which almost completely destroyed the former Cathedral.
Of great artistic value in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta di Frigento are two large canvases: one on the ceiling of the nave, depicting the Assumption of the Virgin; the other on the transept, depicting Saint Marciano, the first Bishop of Frigento and patron saint of the local community. It also houses the skull of Saint Marcian, which is displayed for the worshippers to admire only twice a year.
Finally, the building is characterised by many layers that testify to the historical evolution of its style, originally close to that of a Romanesque basilica.
A place of considerable historical and religious importance, the former Frigento Cathedral still preserves the strong and deep-rooted cult of the patron saint and its important artistic heritage.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta di Frigento
Largo Frontespizio, 83040 Frigento AV, Italia