The Church of Sant’Ansano and the Crypt of Sant’Isacco

The Church of Sant’Ansano was entirely reconstructed in the late 1700s by the Milanese architect Antonio Dotti. It has a single nave and houses several interesting works of art, including a fresco by Giovanni di Pietro, also known as Lo Spagna, depicting the Madonna and Child with Two Saints, a fragment left over from the pictorial decoration of the Chapel of the Lombards, and a canvas portraying the martyrdom of Sant’Ansano painted by the XVII century artist Archita Ricci from Urbino, located at the main altar.

You reach the church from the crypt of Sant’Isacco below it. Sant’Isacco was a Syrian monk who came to Spoleto in the early VI century and the first to dedicate himself to the hermit’s life on Monteluco. During the Paleo-Christian era, a church was built into the structure of an extant Roman temple and only later did it become the crypt of the new church, built on top of it because the road bed had risen. It has three narrow naves covered by a cross-vaulted ceiling and divided by bare columns with capitals from the Late Middle Ages, datable to the VIII-IX century. The crypt is graced with fascinating frescoes dating to the XI-XII centuries, put back in their original places in 1971 after they had been detached and restored.

Address: cross between via F. Brignone and via dell’Arco di Druso

Fonti bibliografiche per approfondimenti
L’Umbria, Manuali per il Territorio, Spoleto, Roma 1978
A. Sansi, Degli edifici e dei frammenti storici delle antiche età di Spoleto, Foligno 1869

 

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