Santa Maria Maggiore Church is one of the oldest and most important churches in Alatri. Highlights are the sculpture group “Madonna of Constantinople” and a triptych by Antonio of Alatri.
Santa Maria Maggiore Church Alatri
Address: Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore – 03011 Alatri. Phone: +39 0775 434780. Opening hours: From 08.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 19.30. Entrance: Free.
History and description
The Chiesa Collegiata di Santa Maria Maggiore was built in the middle of the 5th century on a site where the ruins of a pagan temple used to be.
Its present appearance is the result of a reconstruction in the early 13th century. It was carried out by Burgundian architects.
The facade is characterized by a pointed roof and has some features typical of French Gothic architecture, such as the entrance gate and the huge rose window above it.
The interior is very sober and has both Romanesque and Gothic features.
What to see
The wooden sculpture group representing the “Madonna of Constantinople” was made in the 12th century and is considered a highlight of Romanesque art.
The 15th century triptych “The Redeemer” was painted by Antonio da Alatri.
The “Madonna della Libera,” a painting dating back to the 14th century.
The medieval baptismal font.
The tabernacle from the Renaissance period.