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Deruta: Church of SS. Trinità


[image ALT: A tall brick building. It is a church at Deruta, Umbria (central Italy); that I tentatively identify as SS. Trinità.]

Not all churches in Italy are old; this one, in Deruta, on the Via Tiberina, the old road from Torgiano that roughly parallels the Tiber into town where it becomes the main street, looks very much like it was built in the 20c, if by an architect impressed with the Roman basilica in Trier or one of the churches of Ravenna. Like most churches in Italy, it's usually closed, opening only for Mass, whether daily, on Sunday, on special occasions, or even the minimum once a year required by canon law.


[image ALT: The upper part of a brick building with a two-slope roof, surmounted by a pair of iron crosses. The most prominent feature of the photograph is a large tile panel of the Virgin Mary. It is a detail of the façade of a church at Deruta, Umbria (central Italy); that I tentatively identify as SS. Trinità.]

Like almost every public building in Deruta, the church is prominently decorated in the local majolica for which the town is famous. Here, watching over the faithful, we have Mother and Child enthroned, in a Byzantine-influenced style.

Now as sometimes happens, I forgot to make my inquiries, and as a result I don't really know what church it is; and, probably because this well-proportioned building is relatively recent, I haven't managed to find any help at all online: so I call it SS. Trinità based on a series of deductions.

Should you visit Deruta yourself, then, I can tell you (diary, Mar. 10, 2004) that I walked S down the Tiberina no more than 2 minutes, according to my camera, after having passed the headquarters of the Ubaldo Grazia ceramics firm at #181 (resplendently decorated with their own ceramic productions); and my photograph, taken in mid-afternoon just a few days before the spring equinox, shows the shadows pointing NE and therefore we must be facing SE: so the building is on the W side of the street. According to Pagine Gialle, the Italian equivalent of Yellow Pages in the U. S., the nearest church is SS. Trinità, the address of which is given as v. Fratelli Cervi.

And should you be a bit brighter in your sightseeing than I was, or of course should you know the area well — innanzi tutto, se sei proprio della zona — I'll be grateful to you for getting in touch with me, to correct or confirm. Maybe during my next stay in Umbria, I'll even see the inside of the church.

The GoogleMaps API puts 181 v. Tiberina at the approximate location marked 
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		; I believe it's the building marked 
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		, and our church is at 
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		.

[and if you need it, here's help in using the map,
including my own symbols & added information.]


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