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S. Michele di Giano


[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of the apse of the church of S. Michele in Giano dell' Umbria, Umbria (central Italy).]

Giano is a steep-streeted little place: the top of S. Michele barely peeks out onto the main square.

S. Michele is difficult to see, both outside and in. The exterior, because the church was built on a very sharp incline: the back of the building is barely above ground, yet the façade perches on a steep set of stairs. In the modern world, given such a location, it would have been designed as a split-level building, but the concept is not a medieval one.


[image ALT: zzz. It is a partial view of the façade of the church of S. Michele in Giano dell' Umbria, Umbria (central Italy).]
	
[image ALT: zzz. It is a partial view of the façade of the church of S. Michele in Giano dell' Umbria, Umbria (central Italy).]
The façade of S. Michele: a photo that had to be taken in two instalments, as it were.

I didn't spend much time in Giano, and S. Michele was not open when I was there, so I haven't seen or photographed the interior of the church. It is said to have been, like most churches after all, much reworked since it was built; and to have a few fragmentary frescoes of the early 16c, and a beautiful wooden crucifix of the same period.


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