Cerreto di Spoleto

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta - Cerreto di Spoleto

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The Church of St. Mary of the Assumption is an example of Romanesque sacred building with an unusual architectonic layout in the region, provided with a unique apsidal aisle with a protruding transept, the dome cladding and the dome at the junction of the arms. A small aisle along the right wall is annexed to this main core.
The facade, that presents a non-original horizontal end, is embellished with a rose window sculpted and decorated with mosaic elements, evangelical symbols and in the bottom two telamons. The portal, provided with concentric recesses and a ring, preserves in the lunette remains of a Madonna and Angels, a fresco of the 14th century. The apse is decorated externally with hanging archlets supported by pro-thrones, columns and semi columns.
The exterior masonry is an example of a well-kept Romanesque curtain. However, the most peculiar feature of this building is the “rose window design” incised in the brickwork of the right internal wall, near the entrance. The right chapel hosts frescoes of Evangelists (in the vault), Christ at the Calvary (in the lunette), Christ in the garden and St. Michael (sub-arch), of the 16th century. The apse presents a Nativity of the 16th century and a Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine, dated 1519;  above on the sides there is a fresco depicting Angels of the early 14th century. On the left transept there is a fresco of Madonna and Saint of the 16th century. Up on the left wall there is a detached fresco of the 15th century representing a Crucifix and Saints, a Saint and St. Augustine of the 15th century; our Lady of the Rosary of the 17th century.
The remains of the artistic heritage of this parish church (once rich and important) are two wooden Madonna of the 14th century, the Canvas of a Deposition (derived from Daniele da Volterra) and the surviving parts of the fresco decoration (in a poor state of conservation). A big Roman monolithic cup made of basalt is used as baptismal font. A Madonna enthroned with Angels and Saints, a wide fragment of an antependium is an artwork made by an unidentified Umbrian in the early 14th century known as the Master of Cesi (preserved in the Diocesan collection of Spoleto).