Church of Annunziata

Church of Annunziata

Position: Annunziata

The square of the hamlet Annunziata is dominated by the very simple, almost anonymous facade of the church dedicated to the Virgin and by the imposing bulk of the convent annexed to it: a structure whose extension can only be partially understood from the road, but which can only be fully appreciated from the high, from the top of the “Castle”.

The origin of this church is uncertain: presumably it was built on the site where the “Major Ecclesia Lubrensis”, seat of the cathedral, was located, destroyed by Ferrante II of Aragon 1465 to avenge the fierce opposition of the Massesi to his hegemonic project.

The pre-existing building, or in any case what survived of it, was restored by Marco Cangiano at the end of the 16th century, at the same time as the foundation of the annexed conservatory for poor girls “Ave gratia plena”.

The entire complex was then abandoned in the 30s of the twentieth century: later, only in the 50s, the Minimi friars of San Francesco di Paola received the entire complex in emphyteusis, using it as an Apostolic School, after complex and “invasive ” works.

The current decorative appearance of the ecclesial building is, however, from the eighteenth century: as indeed the epigraph on the entrance door shows. The renovation was carried out by the abbess Maria Cristina Romano and was blessed by Msgr. Liborio Pisani on August 26, 1749.

The articulation of the gabled façade is severe, with a fresco located on the entrance portal depicting the Annunciation and datable to the mid-1500s.

The interior consists of a single nave with four chapels on each side, while the roof is vaulted.

Rich white stuccoes enliven the entire building, decorating it with naturalistic elements and cherub heads deriving from the late seventeenth-century repertoire. The eighteenth-century intervention also provided for the placement of wrought iron grates behind the altar and the wooden ones of the counter-façade. The splendid marble altar also dates back to the 18th century, characterized, at both ends, by two plump angels holding the scrolls of the altar head, while in the center stands a relief depicting the Annunciation. Due to the type of structure, with its vibrant pictorial strength, it is considered by sources to be the work of the workshop of Giuseppe Sammartino, the famous sculptor of the “Veiled Christ”. The altar is surmounted by the beautiful canvas of the Annunciation, which can be approached in the manner of Nicola Malinconico, with the coat of arms of the abbess Maria Cristina Romano. The floor of the nave is made with marble tiles that intersect with red squares.

Among the works that decorate the building, certainly attributable to the period prior to the eighteenth-century reconstruction, is the altarpiece depicting the Madonna of the Rosary and Mysteries, located in the first chapel on the left, starting from the large “arch”, once the patronage of the Archconfraternity del Santissimo Rosario: the table, dating back to the 16th century, is the work of the famous painter Silvestro Buono, very active in the Sorrento Peninsula.

This is followed by the chapel founded in 1582 by the goldsmith Marco Cangiano from Massa, with the family burial, and placed under the title of “All Saints”: sources report that once on the altar there was a table by Andrea da Salerno depicting a “Madonna with Child in ulnis”, replaced, following a transfer of patronage, with a canvas depicting St. Joseph.

Two other chapels end on the left side, one of which is titled to Sant’Anna and the other to the Beata Vergine delle Grazie.

The left side is symmetrical, by spatial articulation, to the right one: starting from the entrance door we meet the chapel of the Holy Spirit, owned by the de Mitrano family with the splendid canvas depicting Pentecost and commissioned in 1650 by Francesco Antonio who is painted there at the bottom.

The Pio Monte chapel follows, founded by the testamentary disposition of Prospero Turbolo in 1586: in the eighteenth century the altar was renovated, in marble with the insignia of the Turbolo and the canvas depicting the Addolorata with Saints Matthew and Joseph was placed in situ, similar to the ways of Paolo de Majo, a painter with a strong Solimenesque imprint, and datable to the 18th century.

The right side is concluded by two chapels: the one of the Crucifix, founded by Sister Antonia de Marino and later under the patronage of the Della Noce family, who is buried there, and the chapel of the Immaculate Conception, whose a floor, although badly assembled in recent years, it can be ascribed to Chiajese.


Events Calendar

Events in August 2022

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1 August 2022(1 event)

Pilates al Castello

2 August 2022 3 August 2022(1 event)

Serate Lubrensi

4 August 2022(2 events)

Yoga al tramonto

Sagra del fiordilatte - Schiazzano

5 August 2022(2 events)

Sagra del fiordilatte - Schiazzano

Rassegna Natura in concerto - VI ed.

6 August 2022(2 events)

Sagra del fiordilatte - Schiazzano

Serate Lubrensi

7 August 2022(2 events)

Sagra del fiordilatte - Schiazzano

Rassegna Natura in concerto - VI ed.

8 August 2022(2 events)

Sri Sri Yoga al Castello

Serate Lubrensi

9 August 2022 10 August 2022(1 event)

Rassegna Natura in concerto - VI ed.

11 August 2022(1 event)

Yoga al tramonto

12 August 2022(2 events)

Merende Itineranti

Serate Lubrensi

13 August 2022 14 August 2022
15 August 2022 16 August 2022 17 August 2022 18 August 2022(1 event)

Yoga al tramonto

19 August 2022 20 August 2022(1 event)

Sister Act il Musical

21 August 2022(1 event)

Sister Act il Musical

22 August 2022(1 event)

Sri Sri Yoga al Castello

23 August 2022(1 event)

XXVII^ Edizione Classica Estate

24 August 2022(1 event)

XXVII^ Edizione Classica Estate

25 August 2022(2 events)

XXVII^ Edizione Classica Estate

Yoga al tramonto

26 August 2022(1 event)

XXVII^ Edizione Classica Estate

27 August 2022 28 August 2022
29 August 2022(1 event)

Sri Sri Yoga al Castello

30 August 2022 31 August 2022 1 September 2022(1 event)

Yoga al tramonto

2 September 2022(1 event)

Merende Itineranti

3 September 2022 4 September 2022