Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Inside Of The Dom Of Salerno, Italy

It is forbidden but I took some photos inside the Dom one day. I want to show them to you to admire the beauty and the harmony of the persian art. There are similar examples of this art and of the ambons in this zone, so you will notice them if you see them next time.

Here you see the central navel with both ambons. There are 2 of them, big and little. The barocco columns of the navel cover the original structure that was unstable. Inside the barocco columns you can see the open parts with original columns coming from the Roman villas. The Dom of Salerno is different from the other Doms -of Amalfi, for example- because it is very clean and contains only essential. So in this purity the ambons are like flowers.

Кафедральный Собор Салерно
«Кафедральный Собор Салерно» на Яндекс.Фотках

What I like in the Dom of Salerno, are it's collection of paleochristian symbols. People were illiterate in Early Middle Ages and the churches gave their messages through the symbols to them. I just wrote some posts about it, so I want only write about this sunny mosaics today.

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Here we are in the XII century. The artist was surely inspired by persian art with it's adoration of sun. Because S. John comared Christ with "the sun that is shyning with it's full powers" (pls correct the quotation if you know the exact text), the artist represent Him, Christ, as the sun here. And you can see and feel it on the next photo.

The entire structure wants to remember the Redemption. The big ambon (on the photo over here) is dedicated to the Resurrection, was used originally for Christenings. The Eagle (symbol of S. John too) becoming too old flew high to the sun till it burned it's wings, than dove 3 times in the water and turned young. In the same way those who goes for christening "becomes young once more as the eagle" (Psalm 102.2 Unfortunatelly I could not find the original text in internet)

Кафедральный Собор Салерно
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