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Sedil Dominova

One of the most important monuments of Sorrento.
Sorrento keeps, in the heart of its historical centre, the Sedil Dominova: the only ancient noble mansion you can still adimire in Campania.
Built between 1200 and 1300  in the crossroads of those, that, nowadays, are known as Padre Reginaldo Giuliani and San Cesareo street - it has hosted for about five centuries a part of the Sorrentine aristocracy, while the remaining part gathered at the almost disappeared Sedile di Porta (of which you can still see some ruin along San Cesareo street, in the proximity of Tasso Square).
Symbol of the administration of power, the great building has been restored many times, to maintain unaltered its prestige, but the many operations haven't changed the original image. It still maintains a magnificent baustrade made of marble that faces the street and - in the high part - two badges of tuff that date back at the 14th century.
Among these there's is one which is absolutely peculiar as it shows the badge of the city of Sorrento in a different shape of the current one (the one you can admire, among the others, in a painting placed in the building).
Open on two sides, the Sedil Dominova has its peculiarities in the presence (along the walls and below the dome that overlooks it) of magnificent frescos painted in the 18th century by an artist who, probably, has attended the same school of the famous painter Carlo Amalfi.
The thing that makes the building even more suggestive is, among the other things, the use of grey tuff of the Sorrento Coast and the use of yellow and green "riggiole" (tiles made with a particular procedure) made by the Neapolitan maestro Chiajese.
Among the oddities about this monument - adored by the Sorrentins - there's the fact that is is situated in an area called "schizzariello" (little gush) for the presence, in its surroundings, of a fountain where - in the past - the women went, with amphoras made of terra cotta, to store up water.


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