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Churches of Montefalco


[image ALT: A painting of a group of seven angels in stylized dramatic postures against a blank background. It is a small detail of a fresco of the Coronation of the Virgin in the church of S. Agostino in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]

Angels:
a detail of a fresco of the Coronation of the Virgin in S. Agostino.


[image ALT: A rectangular room, wider side-to‑side in this view than from front to back, about the size of a living room. zzz. It is a view of the interior of the church of the Madonna delle Grazie in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
Madonna delle Grazie

[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of the interior of the church of S. Agostino in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Agostino

[image ALT: The inside of a church, with the floor partly ripped out down to about 2 meters. The hole is spanned by two steel girders, and heavy equipment stands by. It is a view of the work of reinforcing the floor of the church of S. Bartolomeo in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Bartolomeo

[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of the church of S. Chiara in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Chiara

[image ALT: zzz. It is a painting in the church of S. Fortunato in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Fortunato

[image ALT: A rather primitive stone relief carving of two arms, each prominently showing an oversized hand bearing a hole thru the palm. A representation of the hands of Jesus and of St. Francis bearing the stigmata of the Crucifixion, it is the badge of the Franciscan Order. This particular carving is over the main door of the church of S. Francesco in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Francesco

[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of the façade of the church of S. Illuminata in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Illuminata

[image ALT: zzz. It is a partial view of the façade of the church of S. Francesco in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Lucia

1 page, 5 photos

[image ALT: zzz. It is a view of zzz of the church of S. Maria del Popolo in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Maria del Popolo

[image ALT: zzz. It is a partial view of the façade of the church of S. Francesco in Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Maria di Piazza

1 page, 10 photos

Outlying Churches


[image ALT: A small 2‑story squarish stone and plaster building with a plain pediment. It is the church of Fabbri di Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
Fabbri

1 page, 1 photo

Wayside Shrines


[image ALT: A free-standing plastered structure, about 2 meters tall and 1 meter wide, against a backdrop of olive groves. It contains an arched recess, about 50 cm wide and 80 cm tall, the back wall of which is painted, and it is protected by a small tiled pitched roof. It is a madonnina, or wayside shrine to the Virgin Mary, near Montefalco, Umbria (central Italy).]
Edicole of Montefalco

4 pages, 4 photos

For various reasons, the page before you is the merest sampler of the churches in the territory of Montefalco:

Several important churches are missing altogether, since I haven't seen them yet. In town: the church of S. Maria Maddalena and the Cappella di S. Croce; in the outlying area: the frescoed medieval churches of Turrita and Vecciano, and the imposing 19c sanctuary of Madonna della Stella. Some lesser churches are also missing.

Other churches are represented above by the single large photo you get by clicking on the thumbnail. In some cases, that's because I haven't spun out my pages yet, but in others, the most obvious of which is S. Bartolomeo, it's because I've always found them closed or essentially unvisitable.

Finally, the great glory of Montefalco is the church of S. Francesco, with its magnificent fresco cycle by Benozzo Gozzoli: it is a museum, and has chosen to prohibit photography.


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