Amalfi and Saint Andrew are both very famous all over the world. Did you know? This town and the Amalfi coast too are among the 41 Italian sites included in the the UNESCO World Heritage List. Discover here this unique town and its patron saint.
Saint Andrew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, elder brother of Saint Peter. Before meeting Jesus, Andrew was a follower of John the Baptist and was one of the first ones to follow Jesus. He preached in Romania, Ucraina and Russia.
Andrew died as a martyr in Patrasso, Greece, crucified on an X cross (hence its name, St. Andrew's cross). His body was later taken to Costantinopoli and in 1206, during its occupation in the crusade, cardinal Pietro Capuano, from Amalfi, took the relics to his city, where they are kept in the Cathedral. So Saint Andrew became the patron saint of Amalfi.
Amalfi is in the Campania region, in the Salerno province. It has about 5400 residents, it is on the sea and gives its name to the famous Amalfi coast, included in the the UNESCO World Heritage List. Since the 9th century, Amalfi was one of the four Maritime Republics, with Genoa, Pisa and Venice. Every year these four cities run a historical regatta, every year in a different city among the four.
The cathedral, with its impressive staircase, dates back to the 10th century and contains the relics of Saint Andrew.