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Sorrento’s Sedil Dominova has an interesting history: it was built amidst power struggles between the aristocratic families and notables of the city in Campania, but later transformed into a place where working class people could find peace and help each other.

The name comes from the Italian ‘sedile’, meaning “seat”, pointing to the ‘sedili nobiliari’ where the nobility assembled to discuss issues relating to the town’s administration in the Middle Ages. ‘Dominova’ comes from the Latin ‘Domus Nova’ – which was the name given to this seat when it was established in the Western part of Sorrento, after the local patricians engaged in an internecine feud over the management of public programs.

In 1877, the perfectly intact 15th-century structure was taken over by the Societΰ Operaia per il Mutuo Soccorso (Mutual Aid Society for Workers). Workers peacefully occupied the magnificent building, decorated with 18th-century frescoes.

From the website "Italian Ways"

Have a look at Royaldevon's photo

https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Italy/Campania/Naples/Sorrento/photo1562558.htm

and also at the one of bayno

https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Italy/Campania/Naples/Sorrento/photo1381539.htm

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