Art and culture
Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta
This jewel of the Romanesque style dates back to the XI or XII century and is mentioned in all good history of art publications. Built over a IX century construction it has a fa�çade made up of a five columned pronaos. The rib supported vault is open at the sides and metopes depicting the four Evangelists and some mosaic work by the Cosmati brothers are to be seen above the five Roman arches (archi a sesto acuto?). In the uppermost part there are two oculi and a double wheeled rose window in the traditional Umbrian style. This in turn is surmounted by a smaller rose-window surrounded by seven majolicas and an eagle on the top of the roof. The three-naved interior is rich in variously ornated columns and capitals.
The mosaic flooring is in the Alexandrian-Cosmatesque style. The crypt with an original "Schola Cantorum" in front of it houses an alabaster Crucifix dating back to the XVI century to which miraculous properties are attributed. There are also numerous works of great artistic value in the church: a triptych by Alunno in the apse, a Crucifix of the Giottesca school which unfortunately was recently stolen and the "Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" by Livio Agresti in the Chapel. Also not to be overlooked is the antique organ of exquisite workmanship built by C. Werler in 1756 and recently restored by the Carit Foundation.
Dal 06/10 al 07/10