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The Church of S. Paterniano di Pierantonio

(Or, How I Lost a Whole Church)


[image ALT: zzz. It is the façade of the church of S. Paterniano near Umbertide, Umbria (central Italy).]

The original church — the plaque next to the door confirms it — built in the 1880s.

Photographs on this page
© Karen Fronduti 2005, by kind permission.

Now a church without a belfry is unusual; and sure enough, S. Paterniano has one — across the street, where it was built in 1906: when the church hall was built, the money for the belfry could not be found.


[image ALT: zzz. It is the apse of the church of S. Paterniano in Pierantonio, Umbria (central Italy).]

This trick view attaches the belfry to its church (and fooled me when I found it in my e‑mail box). Look carefully though and we'll see a chink of space between them; and compare with our next photo.

The amazing thing is that on a clear spring morning I managed to walk by belfry and church not once, but twice . . . seeing the belfry (at least one point in my favor), but wondering where the church was! Here's a shot down the main street of Pierantonio, the two halves of the compound on either side, clearly marked by crosses:


[image ALT: zzz. It is the apse of the church of S. Paterniano in Pierantonio, Umbria (central Italy).]

S. Paterniano is said to house a panel painting by Giannicola di Paolo (ca. 1460‑1544), recently restored. Obviously, I haven't seen it. . . .


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Page updated: 13 Aug 05