Terni

Chiesa di Sant'Alò

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The Chiesa di Sant'Alò church is found on Via Sant'Alò, a side street off Via XI Febbraio in Terni. The name of the church comes from Aloysius (Eligius), the patron saint of goldsmiths and blacksmiths.

Following tradition, it was built over an ancient building devoted to Cybele, towards the end of the 11th century. The church belonged first to the Augustinians, then to the Franciscans and later to the Knights of Malta.

In the 14th century, a house was built on the front of the church, completely covering the Romanesque façade, after which point the church was accessed from the right side.

The exterior, which has no façade, displays some preserved sculpted elements such as the two lions positioned on either side of the entrance steps which date from the Roman era as well as the floral decoration dating from the Early Middle Ages. 

The interior of the church has a basilica-like structure with a nave and side aisles interspersed with alternating pillars and columns made from restored materials and topped with capitals. The side aisles have barrel vaulted ceilings, while the central nave, which is more spacious with higher ceilings, has exposed beams. The semi-circular apse, which is divided into five sections by half-columns has a domed ceiling and is decorated with frescoes which were painted in the 12th and 16th centuries. 

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