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Churches of Gualdo Tadino


[image ALT: A group of stone buildings on a low ridge, with a metal fence-type railing. It is a view of downtown Gualdo Tadino, Umbria (central Italy), that includes its two principal churches.]

Downtown Gualdo from the park behind it to the north.

From left to right, the pointed steeple of the cathedral S. Benedetto, the Palazzo del Podestà right next to it — the little octagonal lantern that crowns it is the Torre Civica — and the lancet windows and square belfry of the Gothic church of S. Francesco.


[image ALT: zzz. It is the cathedral or Duomo of Gualdo Tadino, Umbria (central Italy).]
Duomo S. Benedetto

[image ALT: zzz. It is the church of S. Maria di Rote in Gualdo Tadino, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Maria di Rote

Outlying Churches


[image ALT: zzz. It is the church of SS. Crocifisso near Gualdo Tadino, Umbria (central Italy).]
SS. Crocifisso

[image ALT: zzz. It is the church of S. Maria del Soccorso at Rigali, Umbria (central Italy).]
Rigali: S. Maria del Soccorso

[image ALT: zzz. It is an unidentified former church at Palazzo Mancinelli, Umbria (central Italy).]
Palazzo Mancinelli: unidentified

[image ALT: zzz. It is a carving over the door of the church of S. Pellegrino at the village by the same name near Gualdo Tadino in Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Pellegrino

5/27/09 — 3 churches:
2 pages, 4 photos

For three months of my life, I lived 7½ km from downtown Gualdo, but you'd never know it; I've spent a total of maybe five hours in the town, spread over two visits years apart — and the first time was a loose cakewalk thru a place that was shuttered for Sunday and All Souls' Day, with, to boot, much of it boarded up for repairs a year after a serious earthquake. As a result, there's not as much on this page as there ought to be, and there won't be much more until I go back.

With one exception, even the churches you see here were closed; and among the churches I haven't yet seen are S. Francesco, which except for the view that heads off this page, was surrounded by scaffolding — a pity, since it contains Roman remains. In the surrounding territory of the township, also unseen yet, S. Giovanni Battista in Grello and the parish church of Caprara, both with frescoes by the celebrated local painter Matteo da Gualdo; the 11c church of S. Facondino; and the Romanesque church of Pieve di Compresseto. I'm due for another trip, I think.

As an indication of just how much I haven't seen, in 1933 Ruggero Guerrieri, a local Gualdo historian, published his Storia Civile ed Ecclesiastica del Comune di Gualdo Tadino: the index lists 26 churches, chapels and oratories in town, three outside the walls, four "nearby", a few others not clearly localized — and 81 more in various villages of the comune. Maybe half of them no longer exist, mind you, but that still leaves lots of exploration.

The best for last, if you read Italian: the work is online in its entirety, very nicely done, at AllegraCombriccola: those hundred some churches are covered in 220 pages.


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Site updated: 27 May 09