Atina Val Di Comino Italy

Il Palazzo Prepositurale – The Palace of the Provost of Atina

Cathedral and Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina Italy

© Philippe Brolet

The palace named the Palazzo Prepositurale stands next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. They are both located in the central Piazza Marconi which was formerly known as Piazza San Giovanni in Atina Italy.

Palace Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina

photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Cathedral and Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina

© Giuseppe Massa

The Palazzo Prepositurale, also known as the Palagio San Marco or hospital was built in the late sixteenth century under the sponsorship of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, Duke of Alvito. It was to provide comfortable accommodation to visitors and pilgrims who came to the town on the occasion of the patronal feast of San Marco.   Work began on extending the building in 1598 according to plans that had been drawn up by Giovanni Battista Onofri, Medoro Mancini, and Giovanni Persechini, Rectors of the Confraternity of San Marco. The work was completed in 1600 by Girolamo Tuttinelli and Giocomo di Paolo who were the accountants of the hospital.

In those times, the clergy of Atina was formed of “12 canons, and a head priest, who had decisive authority. In this period the head priest was Antonio Mancino d’Atino, of circa 60 years of age, professor of theology who has already served the illustrious Cardinal Farnese in Rome; he is a kind and well mannered person of the best quality”.

Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina
Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina
Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina

The building  is elongated in shape and is slightly curved, with a vaulted portico held up by eight Roman columns and two outer quadrangular pillars.   It is known locally as Le Pennate.  At one time there were small shops under the arches of the portico.

Old Shop Palazzo Prepositurale in Piazza Marconi Atina
Piazza Marconi in Atina Italy

© Gianpiero Vassalli

Old Shop Palazzo della Prepositura in Piazza Marconi Atina

 © Gianpiero Vassalli

Palazzo Prepositurale Atina Italy

© Gianpiero Vassalli

Carving on the Palazzo Prepositurale Atina Italy

photo Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Nightime at the Palazzo Prepositurale Atina Italy

© Gianpiero Vassalli

Arches of the Palazzo della Prepositura Atina Italy
Arches of the Palazzo della Prepositura Atina Italy
Arches of the Palazzo della Prepositura Atina Italy
Old Doorway Under the Arches of the Palazzo Prepositurale in Atina
Old Shop Under the Arches of the Palazzo Prepositurale in Atina
Old Carving on the Palazzo Prepositurale in Atina
The Cathedral and Palazzo Prepositurale in Atina
Palazzo Prepositurale in Atina Italy
Portico of the Palazzo Prepositurale in Atina Italy

© Italo Caira

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