The former Cappuccino Convent

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Constructed in 1621, I represent simplicity and beauty of the Franciscan way of life. The Baron Francesco Filomarino, a feudal lord of Ruffano from 1607 to 1626, contributed to my construction.
A small door leads to a square cloister, made of arches leaning on thick pillars...

Constructed in 1621, I represent simplicity and beauty of the Franciscan way of life. The Baron Francesco Filomarino, a feudal lord of Ruffano from 1607 to 1626, contributed to my construction.
A small door leads to a square cloister, made of arches leaning on thick pillars, on which two stone sundials made in 1681 are found. One, for sunrise and the other for sunset, with incisions of hours and signs of the zodiac.
On the upper floor, there are 26 small cells «narrow and stern small rooms similar to a Lilliputian convent» as they were described by Cosimo De Giorgi in 1882. In 1761, a room was included serving as a library for the Cappuccini (about 700 books) and the remaining book collection (about 140 volumes from the 16th to the 19th century) are kept in the local City Council library.
With the Unification of Italy (1861), I was closed, changing my destination use to: offices of the City Council, post office, prefecture, prison, and lastly a nursery school run by Vicenzian nuns until the end of the ‘70’s a century ago. Since 1980, I am the headquarters of the San Francesco D’Assisi (Saint Francis of Assisi) parish Church, to whom, even the church near me is dedicated.
Obviously, its a clear contrast between a humble dwelling of the friars and the inside of a sacred building, lavish and embellished with stuccoes from 1773.

Latitudine 39°58'53.52"N
Longitudine 18°14'54.78"E

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