Penna in Teverina

Chiesa Santa Maria della Neve

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Located in the characteristic St. Valentine Square, the church has early-Medieval origins when it was still a small countryside parish around which arose the first inhabited centre that would have been later fortified.
The Church has been enlarged and completely renovated in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The classical façade is very simple, its interior bears a big nave whose walls are like framed into three big blind arcades and ends with a semicircular apse. The last altar on the right side keeps, behind a protection of painted wood that is also stamped with a symbol relating to the Lady Mary, a canvas that has not been exhibited, depicting St. Valentine, patron saint of Penna in Teverina. The bowl-shaped vault of the apse is decorated with a 17th century painting depicting Our Lady of the snow and St. Valentine, patron saint of Penna in Teverina.
The Church of St. Maria della Neve, located in the St. Valentine Square of Penne in Teverina, has been recalled since at least 1476, when it was still a small countryside parish around which arose afterwards the first inhabited centre that would have been later fortified. The structure has been enlarged and completely renovated in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Today the church features very easy and linear classical forms, its interior bears the walls of the single nave. Probably the original structure was located in the same spot of the current one, but it must have been a very simple structure, certainly smaller than the current one.
The transformation into the current forms happened during the 1600: indeed a lot of payments have been made in 1639.
On the major altar there must have been since at least the 15th century a painting depicting the Lady Mary and the saints Valentine and Sebastian, replaced in 1700 by the current painting.
Nowadays the church features 17th century shapes, that are extremely simple and linear: a very simple façade and a gable roof on which stands a little bell tower with two small arches.