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Churches of Umbertide


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S. Maria della Reggia

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S. Croce

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Cristo Risorto

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old Cristo Risorto

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S. Francesco

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S. Giovanni

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S. Maria della Pietà

Outlying Churches


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Badia di Montecorona

5 pages, 34 photos

[image ALT: A vaulted room with bare stone masonry walls and a small altar; seen from a balcony well above the floor. It is a chapel in the Eremo di Montecorona, Umbria (central Italy).]
Eremo di Montecorona

[image ALT: A plaque, concrete or maybe stone, bearing the inscription 'E. S. MA | RIAE, ET | S. S. CRVCIS'. It is over the door of the church of S. Maria e S. Croce, in Migianella dei Marchesi, Umbria (central Italy).]
Migianella dei Marchesi

[image ALT: zzz. It is the church of Montemigiano, Umbria (central Italy).]
Montemigiano

[image ALT: A small 2‑story concrete church, with two large rectangular windows so placed as to turn the façade into a large cross. It is the church of Niccone near Umbertide, Umbria (central Italy).]
Niccone

1 page, 3 photos

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

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

1 page, 3 photos

[image ALT: A tall 2‑story building of plastered stone with a gabled roof, and annexes on either side, only slightly lower, of rough mixed masonry. It is the church of S. Bartolomeo de' Fossi near Umbertide, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Bartolomeo dei Fossi

1 page, 5 photos

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

2 pages, 12 photos

Among the churches in the comune that I haven't photographed, or maybe even seen:

S. Biagio a Colle — apparently attached to the castle, private property, in that now abandoned hamlet: two minor frescoes, dated 1488, have been salvaged from the church and may be seen in the Museo del Duomo of Città di Castello; see the museum's page and CDCNet's page (notice that the thumbnails on that page open much larger).

Preggio: Madonna delle Grazie (early 15c).

A further small problem affects my pages on those churches officiated by the parish priest of S. Maria della Reggia, who told me, on learning from me that I'd taken pictures inside that church and others in town (there being no sign in any of them that that was forbidden), that interior photography was prohibited — ipso facto, in any church in Italy, by law; but that he would be glad to deliver me a certificate allowing me to take pictures. When I checked with several people in Umbria who for one reason or other may properly be classed as experts in the matter, there was unanimous agreement that this was not a good reading of the law. Mind you, it is undoubtedly the right of any property owner to prohibit photography — leaving me in a quandary. I finally opted not to apply for this certificate, because I'd just be colluding with what I view as a dangerous innovation tending to restrict information: rather the reverse of what this world needs.

So: no photographs onsite of the interior of S. Maria della Reggia, S. Bernardino or S. Croce; although in the case of the first, I didn't destroy the photos I'd already taken, and will gladly share them (privately) with anyone who asks. For the Reggia or Cristo Risorto, however, if a quick peek though is good enough for you — authorized or otherwise — see the Churches section of the website of the Gruppo Archeologico Alto Tiber, based in Umbertide.


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