Santa Maria of Itri Church

SAC-B-052

Like a casket I hide a treasure, the one and only historical centre of Nociglia.
The style of my façade conforms to a 19th century taste that inspired the Baron Filippo Bacile of Castiglione in building the main Church of San Nicola in 1869...

Like a casket I hide a treasure, the one and only historical centre of Nociglia.
The style of my façade conforms to a 19th century taste that inspired the Baron Filippo Bacile of Castiglione in building the main Church of San Nicola in 1869.
Actually based on that model, I was built in 1921 on a project by a surveyor, Ripa di Specchia. The entrance portal is characterized by a tympanum, that has grafted above it an elegant double lancet window overlooked by a round arch. The inside only has one room, with a vaulted court yard and an alter made in Leccese stone, the main one placed inside a semicircular apse. The conch is characterized by a small rosette.
The dedication to the Madonna of Itri shows its distant Byzantin Odigitria descent, the most popular icon of Costantinopoli, whose cult was mainly diffused in southern Italy and in Puglia in relation to the fall of the city to the Turks in 1453, the subsequently conquer of Otranto by the Turkish-Ottoman in 1480 and the battle of Lepanto in 1571. The Greek term Odegitria (she who shows the way) refers to the system of places of cult that began along the roads that led to the ancient pilgrimage destination of Terre d’Otranto: the sanctuary of Santa Maria de finibus terrae.
Witness to an ancient veneration is the small medieval Church co-entitled to San Nicola(saint Nicholas) of Myra, the patron saint of Nociglia, who reveals himself crossing a small gate placed behind the alter.
Even this one with only one room and a rectangular plant with a wooden truss ceiling. On the inside in a forward position in respect to the apse walls is the main alter in Baroque style topped with three polychrome statues, that of the Virgin Mary placed in the centre and on the sides those of Saint Irene whose attribution is unknown and of Saint Marina. On the floor is a trapdoor opening that leads to a small rock cavity that contains an ossuary.

Latitudine 40° 2'21.45"N
Longitudine 18°19'33.02"E

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