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S. Maria Assunta di Pistrino


[image ALT: A small rectangular stone church with an open belfry. It is the church of S. Maria Assunta in Pistrino (comune of Citerna, northern Umbria).]

The 12c church of S. Maria Assunta, once (probably) dedicated to S. Andrew.

The first certain mention of the church occurs in 1273 as ecclesie Sancte Marie de Pestrino but it now appears likely that it is the same as a church of St. Andrew mentioned in a property transfer in 1155. I will be adding further information and photos here, but for the visitor the important thing is that the now deconsecrated church is well worth visiting on two fronts.


[image ALT: A closeup of a fresco of the Crucifixion.]

[ 2/27/01: 1 page, 1 photo; other pages in preparation ]

First, as a classic example of the Umbrian votive chapel with a number of attractive frescoes from the 15th and 16th centuries.


[image ALT: A small modern bronze statue of a standing woman against an old plaster wall. It is a sculpture by Bruno Bartoccini in Pistrino, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1 page, 5 photos ]

. . . then as a museum of modern sculpture housing an important collection of works by native son Bruno Bartoccini. Born in Pistrino in 1910, the well-known sculptor donated several dozen of his bronzes to his hometown a few years ago: when he died on Feb. 10, 2001 S. Maria Assunta officially became the Museo Bartoccini.

Until a complete site appears here, you should see the Aug. 19, 2000 entry of my diary for details (and one more photo).


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Page updated: 27 Feb 01