Not very far from the Castle, in Via Duomo, is the Basilica of Santa Maria de Giulia, a 12th-century Romanesque-style church. Several important works are kept in the Basilica of Castellabate, including a painting depicting Archangel Saint Michael triumphant over Satan and a triptych by Pavanino da Palermo, depicting an enthroned Madonna with Child and Saints.
Originally the structure with two naves in Romanesque style has undergone various transformations of styles and volumes. After the last expansion in the seventeenth century it is divided into three naves by two series of four arches and with its characteristic late Romanesque bell tower. From the Romanesque era it also retains the single-lancet windows, the coffered ceiling, while the main facade, the transept and the apse date back to the Baroque era.
Inside the basilica there are paintings and frescoes of artistic value. A fifteenth-century majolica floor, with four hexagons around the central tozzetto, has decorations with human profiles of Islamic origin and allegorical writings of a late Gothic flavor. The most important work is the 1472 polyptych by Pavanino da Palermo, which depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned, with St. ‘Annunciation. In the right aisle are: the lustral water tank from the 12th century, the oil on panel depicting the Madonna with Child between Saint Augustine and Saint Francis of Paola (17th century), the oil on panel Madonna del Carmelo with the saints Francesco, Antonio, Rocco and Maria Maddalena (17th century), the wooden sculpture of the Mater Christi (16th century), the marble baptismal font (16th century), on which the ancient coat of arms of the University is carved (Castrum Abatis ), the majolica floor
The structure of the Basilica of Santa Maria De Giulia
Worth mentioning in the left aisle are: the oil on canvas of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (17th century), the wooden confessional (17th century), the wooden sculpture of the crucifix and Our Lady of Sorrows (17th century), the fresco depicting the temptations of Saint Anthony, the mosaic by Florentine artists depicting Saint Costabile with the Madonna de Gulia, the bronze bust of Saint Costabile (1662) by the goldsmith Aniello Treglia, made with the offerings of the faithful after having escaped the plague of 1656. Another silver bust, kept in the sacristy, was made in 1993 by the Catello silversmiths of Naples, to replace the 1837 bust, made by Mattia Condursi and stolen in the seventies. Finally, in the apse, two large canvases depicting Saint Lawrence by Vincenzo De Mita (1798) and Saint Nicholas of Bari by A. De Mita (1798) adorn the transept.