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Mummy Museum of Ferentillo

Mummy Museum of Ferentillo

The very simple façade is characterized by a central rose window decorated with small sculptures, below which stands the white stone entrance portal, sided by two orders of lesene, showing the Coat of Arms of Lorenzo Cybo and of the Lateran Chapter at the base of the pilasters. The inner part of the church has a three-nave structure, and in the apse, which is circular and in Baroque style, two small loggias open with their Rococo wooden balustrade. A large canvas depicting the martyrdom of St Stephen, by the painter Giuseppe Rosi (1759), is at the center. Also worth noting are the fresco byPierino Cesarei, dated 1595, depicting the Nativity, and the splendid baptismal font. A tabernacle—to preserve the consecrated oils—dating from the 16th century is set on the presbytery, on the pillar to the right.

Some mummies are preserved in the Romanesque crypt; they were discovered in 1805, when an edict from Napoleon ordered the exhumation of the corpses contained in churches. Twenty mummified bodies are visible inside the caskets; the oldest one dates from about four centuries ago, while the most recent one is from the 19th century. The conservation of the bodies is due to some peculiar microorganisms present in the soil and the constant ventilation of the place. Information

Precetto - Via della Torre
05034 - Ferentillo (TR) 
email: mummie@libero.it

 

Fonte Regione Umbria - Servizio Musei e soprintendenza ai beni librari  

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