Churches of Posta Fibreno
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
The Church of Santa Maria Assunta is situated in the historic centre of Posta Fibreno, close to the Town Hall. It was founded by the Benedictines in the 11th-12th centuries. A church was constructed in 1463, by the Countess Antonella Da Celano. In the 19th century the church was restored and remodeled as we see it presented today. There is a chapel dedicated to the Madonna Addolorata, which houses the statue of the Madonna. Also there are frescoes of the twelve apostles and a walnut tabernacle representing the Cathedral of Milan in miniature. Next to the chapel are the images of the two patron saints of Posta, Santa Vittoria Martire and Santa Blandina Martire. The Church preserves the relics and statues of the two saints. Other fine works of art include the confessional and the canvas depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary, a work of the 17th century.
Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vittoria
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vittoria is located about 600 meters from the historic centre, along an ancient route that connects Posta with the town of Campoli Appennino. It’s date of origin is uncertain but it is thought to have existed prior to the year 500. The existing building was built in the first half of the 17th century. For many years the church was closed to worship because it fell into poor condition, however it was reopened following restoration.
The church houses an 18th century painting of the Madonna della Vittoria by Pasquale De Angelis. It depicts the Madonna sitting on a throne of clouds with the Christ child in her arms and Saints, Angels and Cherubs and is displayed on a bronze throne. The Apse is decorated with a huge mosaic created in 1971 by the artist Carlo Mariani.
On the first Sunday of October the painting is carried in solemn procession that starts from the Sanctuary and winds its way through the narrow streets of Posta Fibreno to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. It remains there for a month, then in early November it is transported back to the sanctuary.
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