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Madonna delle Virtù or "Our Lady of Virtues"

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The church is a classic example of rupestrian architecture, in Romanesque style, is divided in three naves ending in semicircular apses. Probably curved in the eleventh century the church has been altered several times. The nave  is decorated with two kind of arches, large arches like windows  and small arches to symbolize the women's gallery in romanesque style.

In 1674, date inscribed on the entrance, was changed the axis of the church rotated of 90 degrees and where in the new location was placed an altar in baroque style.
Finally in 1934, as a result of the need to build a street connecting the two main districts of the Sassi, a nave of the church was amputated and it was destroyed and the original passage with the Church of St. Nicholas of the Greeks.
There are two frescoes representing two crucifixions, one of which dates back to the sixteenth century and the other one in the fourteenth century. In the Crucifixion, there is a representation unusual in the area, in which the Virgin turns his back on Christ exalting the Mother's sorrow.

In this rock hewn complex every year, since more than twenty years, La Scaletta organizes exhibitions of contemporary art of international artists. During the summer so this rock hewn complex becomes unavoidable place of the itinerary in the Sassi.

To visit Our Lady of Virtues and St. Nicholas of the Greeks contact +39 377 4448885 or please, contact me.



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