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Chiesa di Santa Croce - Umbertide

On the site where the church of Santa Chiara stands today, there was a small church dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul in the 13th century, which was to serve as an oratory for the brotherhood of the Disciplined of Santa Maria.

In 1340 this brotherhood had the name of Santa Maria and Santa Croce, and in the fifteenth century just with the title of Santa Croce. Various additions were made in the course of the fifteenth century and in the mid sixteenth century. Between 1634 and 1645 with the definitive restructuring of  the building by Filippo Fracassini, the evolution of the church of Santa Croce was finished, except for the brick facade, from the late-Baroque style, built in the early eighteenth century.

The church interior features rich stucco decoration by Giovanni Fontana of Foligno (1676).

Photo Credits: Marco Giugliarelli

There is a single nave, altars dating back to the eighteenth century, first of all the richly carved (1711) designed to contain the beautiful Deposition of the Cross by Luca Signorelli, commissioned by brotherhood of Santa Maria in 1516. In 1998 the church, after careful restoration by the Municipality of Umbertide, was transformed in the Museum of Santa Croce. Among the most interesting works, in addition to the Signorelli altarpiece, are a painting by Pomarancio depicting the Madonna and Child in Glory with Angels and Saints (1577) and a 1528 wooden sculpture of St. Roch attributed to Romano Alberti, called Il Nero, from the nearby church of San Francesco. The former church of Santa Croce is also used for recordings of classical works, with the participation of internationally renowned masters, and it is the stage of prestigious music festivals.





REDUCED A for groups of at least 15 people and affiliated: € 5
REDUCED B for children from 6 to 14 years old: € 2
FREE (children up to 5 years old, disabled with accompanying person, Icom members, qualified tourist guides, accredited journalists)
FREE FOR RESIDENTS: free entrance in the museum of their own city and reduced ticket for the other museums of the circuit.

General ticket valid for 15 days
Personal ticket (with the person's name on it) valid for 3 months (after registration of the visitor's personal data)

Tel.: 075-9420147

Opening hours:

October to April- on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5.30 pm
From May to September - on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 a.m. to 1 pm and from 4 to 6.30 pm
closed on 25th December and 1st January.


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