ROMANESQUE CHURCH OF FOGLIANO

ROMANESQUE CHURCH OF FOGLIANO

Quoted in an historical document, of the Emperor Ottone I, dated 963, there is reference to a monument dedicated to St. Salvatore. Also mentioned in a document of the Vatican Archives, regarding the tax collection in AD 1299, there is reference to a Church entitled to St. Stefano.

The artistic shape of the monument is that of a typical ancient eastward oriented Church. It had a cemetery and its own bell tower. In its interior the Church had a High Altar and a second one dedicated to St. Vincenzo Ferrari. A third altar is dedicated to Abbat St. Antonio from Padova and to St. Francesco di Paola.

The Church was demolished in 1897.

The present parish Church, dedicated to the SS. Redentore (Holy Redeemer) was probably built in the immediate vicinity or even on the ruins of the original Church (St. Salvatore), at the end of the XVI Century.

The only detectable ruins of the old Church are located in the central part of the monument between the two side pillars placed on the roof, right above the facade. The Church was entirely restored in 1765.

The architectural structure of the Church is characterized by a single nave and three altars. One High altar, enriched with a tabernacle and two lateral altars placed inside the chapel recessed in the wall. One of the Chapel is dedicated to the Virgin “Mater Misericordie” along with a portray of the “Concezione della Beata Vergine” (Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary), dated 1756. The second Chapel is dedicated to “Vergine del Rosario” (Virgin of the Rosary). In the apse, a painting by Mastro Federico, of 1739, represents the SS Salvatore Benedicente. In January 2015 the Church of the Holy Redeemer, together with its pertaining, was declared by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism, a Monument of significant hysterical and artistic interest.

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Where: Via Fogliano, 173

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