Tempietto - Norcia

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Tourist information and welcome office
Via Giovanni da Chiavano 1 - 06043 Cascia
The small stone monument is located in vicolo del Tempietto at the corner with the central Umberto I road.
The building is the work of Vanni della Tuccia who in 1354 decorated the simple square-plan structure with anti-classical bas-reliefs depicting zoomorphic, anthropomorphic, geometrical, symbolic and esoteric motifs. The external decoration ends with an unusual ashlar. An inscription bearing the name of the author, the date of the execution and the angelic salutation runs all along the perimeter of the parallelepiped. 
The small indoor environment houses a 1300 fresco depicting the Virgin with the Child and Saints; the painting appears darkened because of the smoking oil lamps of which it is still possible today to observe the original hooks. The two windows must have been closed by wrought iron grates.
The small Temple, originally called “la maina” namely “the picture”, is the most original and best preserved building of Norcia.
There are a number of hypothesis concerning its foundation; it was maybe a small therapeutic sanctuary following the plague that devastated the city and the whole Italy during the middle of the 14th century; or alternatively it could have been executed as a consequence of a particular vote expressed by the citizenship.