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The Madonna della Fiamenga


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This 13c church surely marks the point where the road from Foligno to Spello, left, crossed the ancient Via Flaminia, foreground and right ("la Fiamenga"). It seems to be permanently closed, and is certainly forlorn enough, cut off from everything on its traffic island at this busy intersection.


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A view of the apse, showing a bit better the local pink and white Mount Subasio limestone that also gives nearby Assisi and Spello much of their character.

Now I cropped the photo: but if the adjoining abandoned house were removed and a couple of trees planted, turning the traffic island into a little park, this would be a nice welcome into Foligno (especially that the tree-shaded road from here into town is already attractive and thoughtfully provided with an excellent system of marked, dedicated bike paths).


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And what Roman monument did these large stones come from? The Romans, at least when they were well off enough to make it impressive, built their tombs along the major roads at the edge of towns; yet on the Flaminia as it leaves Foligno, there are only two tombs left (see map below), and some distance away. Presumably many others were despoiled and these stones were part of one of the ones closer to town.


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