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Construction's age
16th century

Location Santa Maria Maggiore

from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30a.m. and from 15:00 p.m. to 19:00 p.m.

it can be reached on foot after parking in Piazza della Repubblica. From Carlo Fontana, reach Mazzini, cross via Marcantonio Colonna and reach Santa Maria Maggiore

Accessibility for Handicapped
accessible. In front of the church there are parking areas reserved for handicapped

Tourist signs
in the church there is an explanatory board with information on the works decorating it

Guided visits
it is possible to visit the church with a guide within a tour of the town, information by phone call
The Assunta Collegiate Church
In 1675 according to the wish of the Cesarini the Church of Santa Maria was completely restructured, deleting its medieval characteristics. In 1240 some modifications had already been made to the old building in Byzantine style. This was a church consisting of a nave and two aisles, with a semicircular apse whose marble floor come from the pagans monuments in the surroundings. In 1594 the gothic window were widened to increase the lightning, thus deleting its typical characteristics.

In 1675 some works were made by following the design of the architect Carlo Fontana, Bernini’s pupil, who in Lanuvio had already built the fountain ‘dello scoglio’. The façade shows a single style divided longitudinally in three parts: in the central and the highest one, the portal is flanked by pilaster strips with Doric capitals and surmounted by a semicircular window. During this period was also built the new belfry on design of Tomasso Mattei, pupil of Fontana.

In the interior there are works of great artistic value among which: the medieval painting on wood representing the Saviour; the paintings ‘Il Calvario’ of Gian Battista Gaulli (1639-1709) said ‘Il Baciccio’.

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