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St. Mary Church and Bourbon Chapel

St. Mary Church and Bourbon Chapel

The Church of Santa Maria and Bourbon Chapel is located in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, a town in the province of Perugia.

Built at the beginning of the 11th century, the church presents a very simple stone façade that reveals its Romanesque origins. 

The bell tower, although of a Romanesque design, is an addition of the 19th century following the collapse of the original bell tower.

The church presents a Latin cross plan with five trusses supporting the roof.

From the entrance, proceeding towards the altar, it is possible to observe:


The Baptismal font, octagonal in shape and built of sandstone, dating back to the 16th century, by an unknown sculptor. Among the various symbols carved on it, it is possible to see the emblem of the marquis Bourbon of Monte Santa Maria, derived from the pedestal of the font, in the shape of a lion’s paw.



A stone slab dating back to the 12th century is preserved Inside a small chapel, with symbols related to the Old and New Testaments. Along the right wall, a valuable wrought-iron railing, dating back to the 16th century, gives access to the BOUBON NOBLE CHAPEL, erected in 1613 from the marquis Gianbattista Bourbon del Monte.


Described for the first time in the pastoral visit of 1784, it is in the Baroque style and each decoration has been derived from the processing of the Serena stone. The central reliquary hosts a valuable wooden reproduction of the Madonna and Child, artwork of an unknown sculptor of the 14th century. Considered since the Middle Ages not just as the protector, but also the first castellan of Monte Santa Maria, the statue has on its arm the silver keys of the village, which are traditionally given to the Virgin in the occasion of the Ascension festival, the main celebration of the village, during which the statue is carried in a solemn procession around the walls of the village.


It holds the external part of a sarcophagus in sandstone dating back to the 16th century, embedded in the wall. Another sarcophagus, from the Early Christian era, now serves as the base for the modern altar.

On the right side of the main altar and in front of the modern organ, a big wooden hatch allows the access to the church’s crypt, equipped for burials, as it was common until the Napoleonic Age.

This surrounding area - not open to the public - has tombs and gravesites. 


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