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Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Naples, Italy.

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Located at the hub of the fantasy Campanian seaside town of Positano, on the tiny Flavio Gioia square, Santa Maria Assunta is a bright, detailed gem of a church. Decorated throughout with ornate gold stucco on white, and topped with a majolica ceramic tiled dome, it shelters a number of intriguing and valuable art works, including a 13th century icon of a black Madonna and child painted on wood. Local legend tells that it was stolen from Byzantium by pirates who were passing the town during a terrible storm. Believing the weather to be a punishment for their blasphemous robbery, they deposited the icon here to avoid being wrecked and the seas became instantly calm – hence the town's name, which means 'put it there'.

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