The Church of Saint Prisco and Saint Agnello – dedicated to the patron saint of the city – is located in the heart of the Angri district. It treasures a splendid staircase made with marble from the Vesuvius that dominates the homonymous square.
Initially dedicated only to Saint Prisco, the church was built around the fifteenth century and managed directly by the faithful who lived in the small surrounding village. Later, with the spread of the cult of Saint Agnello, protector of pregnant women and pregnant animals, the church embraced the cult of the Saint and was renovated several times.
The church, already characterized by a Latin cross plan, an apse and three domes, saw the renovation of the facade with the opening of the two side entrances. They also created a coffered wooden ceiling with beautiful arabesques to frame the artworks by Giuseppe Castellano: the Lavender of the Feet, the Holy Trinity and the Last Supper.
Permanently consecrated in 1827, a few years later it was restored, taking on its current neoclassical aspect and losing many putty decorations along with the fire-painted flooring.
On the right side, there is the beautiful bell tower, characterized by the clock and nice baroque decorations.
Among the other original artworks of the 19th century, we can admire on the main altar, the Virgin and Child with Saints Prisco and Agnello, by Gustavo Mancinelli, and the finely decorated wooden choir.
In the side chapels there are works by Giacomo De Castro: on the left side the Marriage of the Virgin and the Annunciation, while on the right San Giovanni Evangelista and San Michele. Made of marble and hard stones with floral motifs. The right aisle of the last chapel’ altar is a very characteristic artwork by the studio of Dionisio Lazzari. This chapel also has a particular flooring, in opus sectile, with square and rectangular marble shapes, dating back to the first century and coming from the Roman villa of Pollio Felice in Sorrento.
Finally, you will find, among the various artworks, the statue of the dead Christ carried in procession during the services of Good Friday and a wooden statue of the Siant Prisco and Saint Agnello of the eighteenth century.
The Church of Saint Prisco and Saint Agnello is located in Sant’Agnello square, about 5 minutes on foot from the homonymous Circumvesuviana stop.