Navigating the overcrowded, touristy Amalfi Coast that also manages to remain a bit seedy just as my Father describes it from the 50's, this church delighted me. Fronting on a small, overrun square, the facade is interesting, combining styles in a memorable way. At 3€ admission, it's a bargain. Unassuming cloister opens on an older sanctuary now used as a museum and treasure house. Several lovely silver-gilt monstrances and chalices, as well as miters and robes. Descending to the crypt I expected musty and grim, but was met with a fine, unusual horizontally oriented chapel, marbled, glided, frescoes and inlaid. Worthy ceiling; every inch decorated. A striking, curved "Theatre box" perhaps for dignitaries protrudes from the high wall opposite the altar. Wow factor. Ascending to the main sanctuary I admired Venetian Murano 16th century style glass chandeliers in every archway. Side altars and the statue of St. Andrew, complete with reliquary in its chest, were worthy of examination. Suddenly the chandeliers blazed and the organ sounded, ushering in a funeral procession for a first responder. I had the honor to quietly observe the customs of the country and the beginning of the mass before leaving the families to their privacy.
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