The Church of Santa Maria Impensole - The Church of Santa Maria Impensole
The severe lines and care shown in its construction suggest that the artists who built the church wanted to treat it in a special way, because almost presaged the charm that this building would have exercised on the minds of Narni and visitors of all ages. The date of construction or reconstruction is 1175, as stated in the architrave of the main door.
In the back wall the small apse with embossing, the unique altar is of rectangular stone, with a marble table of considerable size, supported by six pillars, adorned with Cosmatesque work and joined by many boxes of stones. Within their core the two sides pillars have an opening as a shape of clover from which relics are seen. The precious wooden statue of the Assumption dates from the 17th century and is placed on a shelf at the center of the apse. On the walls, traces of paintings from the the 14th and 15th centuries remain. In the church popular assemblies, or corporations are often held. The church is located on the east side of the entrance of Via Mazzini.
first founding of the church in the eighth century, or of barbaric origin.
Leaving the church, going down some stairs to the left, find the entrance of the underground. There are three rooms, an entrance hall, a small room adjacent to which is accessed through a makeshift step, and finally a large room with three naves, divided by pillars. The entrance is rectangular vaulting, with three niches on the right wall. The central niche built in the apse is cantilevered, this space is below the presbytery. On the left wall, made up of discontinuous masonry, made with reused materials, is the entrance to the underground of the nave of the church. The pillars, five on each side, connected with the walls by arcs represent an interesting element for finishing and for the use the use of building Narni of the typical pink and white stone, excavated from Mount Ippolito. The pillars in turn rest on the oldest pillars. Entering to the right there is a arcosolium grave (6th c.) and across the remains of a Roman wall construction herringbone, which could be of the same era. In the bottom left, there is a well on which rest the foundations of the wall of the upper church facade.
Returning to the entrance at the end, on the left, there is a small opening that leads into a small room, where there is a window and from it you can admire an original well, built right under the main wall of the church, which is supported by a pillar, consisting of a monolithic cubic block and a trunk of a cylindrical column, on which rests a rustic capital and an architrave. A stone vault covers the entire cylindrical well and is thought to be a Roman cistern with original plaster. The window well is about 8 meters deep and has a diameter of about 5 meters, contains water with a depth of about 2.50 meters. Other traces of arches suggest other rooms communicating with it, some still usable, others filled with rubble, which are the remains of an ancient Benedictine monastery.The underground rooms are visible only during the period of the town's Corsa all'Anello festival.