Santa Maria Assunta Church - Positano
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As everywhere on the Amalfi Coast, mythology and legends are very alive in Positano.
The Our Lady Assumption Church is emblematic of such strong and undying beliefs.
The Church stands out from everywhere in Positano, it is the great icon of town, the place where all hopes, traditions and local beliefs merge. This is one of the few situations when the austerity or the seriousness of a religious building does not intimidate the social life around it. Even on the most frivolous evenings in Positano or in Marina Grande Santa Maria dell'Assunta will be an asset to the landscape, part of the beautiful picture as much as the sea, the lights, the breeze.
Locals are incredibly devout to Santa Maria dell'Assunta, they celebrate her on the 14the and 15th of August with an incredible ceremony and procession, where local fishermen play a very important role.
Positanesi are so thankful to the Our Lady of Assumption as it was her choice to have Positano grow and flourish in this part of the world.
She was the one that whispered in the Moor Captain's ear “Posa, Posa!” (Drop! Drop!) asking him to drop the Byzantine painting in these crystal coloured waters.
Positanesi thus worship her dearly, they know that the Maria dell'Assunta adamantly wished for Positano to be built, and protects all and everyone of those who come here. This feeling of being looked after is really what one perceives when looking at the Dome.
The colourful maiolica tiled dome fits in perfectly with the nuances of life around the Church, it enhances the natural rainbow like look of this gem of the coast.
It really does seem like the top of the world, even if the Mount Lattari stand higher behind it. Santa Maria dell'Assunta actively keeps a loving eye on all that happens here, she lifts locals and tourists of any burdens. She made Positano as it is, and just wishes it to be perfect under every angle.
The Church was built in XIII century, on the inside it is very bright taking in all the Positano sun.
There are beautiful marble altars mixed with the decorations from the previous church. On the right transept there is a beautiful Circumcision by Fabrizio Santafede.
On the main altar there is a Byzantine wood painting of Mary with the Child from the XIII century, which is the painting that legend says was dropped in these waters as a sign of Mary's wish to have Positano built here.
In the sacristy there is a reliquary of Saint Vito from 1506. The steeple is isolated from the rest of the building and it shows a medieval bas-relief of marine monsters fish and fox.
When visiting the church it is really worth it to go see the Roman villa nearby which was discovered in 1858 by the Bourbons and then eventually dug up in the 1920s.
The villa has some incredible fresco paintings and it shows the structure of the Roman holiday residences, with complex and inviting spa systems. Positano's fame as to being on of the most enchanting parts of the world does indeed have a very very long history.