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Churches of Deruta


[image ALT: A rectangular majolica plaque depicting five kneeling women and at their head a man, also kneeling, all with rosaries, praying to a round image of the Virgin Mother and Child suspended on a tree, with a ribbon beneath it dated 1699. It is a votive plaque in the chapel of the Madonna dei Bagni near Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]

For many, the most interesting church in Deruta is not to be found in the town itself, but a little ways S: the walls of the chapel of the Madonna dei Bagni are covered with well over a hundred often beautiful votive plaques of the local majolica, many of them telling or at least hinting at a story, and some dating back to the 17c, like this one. PGR stands for Per Grazie RicevuteFor Graces Received.


[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of the church of S. Francesco near Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Francesco

[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of the church of SS. Trinità near Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]
SS. Trinità

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You should not get the idea that the three churches so summarily represented here constitute anything like all the old churches in the town and its surrounding territory: there are over a dozen of them. I don't know the area as well as I could, and I haven't seen most of them: for one thing, each of the frazioni has its own church.

I do expect to expand this site soon; stay tuned.


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