Santa Sofia Church in Benevento
The most evocative monument is the Santa Sofia Church, a masterpiece of the Middle Ages. Founded in the 8th century by the Longobards, it has an usual plan, accentuated by pillars and columns (of Roman origin) and characterised by the intricate design of the vault and arches. The cloister is magnificent and dates back to the 12th century. Since 2011 it’s Unesco world heritage site.
The Provicial Museum of Sannio is found in the monastery of Santa Sofia, one of the most important in Campania. The archaeological section has pre- historic relics, Greek and Italic ceramics, Egyptian statues from a temple dedicated to Isis, and Hellenistic-Roman statues, as well as a coin collection that extends from Magna Grecia to the Duchy of Benevento. The medieval section is also very rich, with jewelry, weapons, tools and sculptures, not to mention the paintings dating from the Baroque to the 1900’s.