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Romanesque Itinerary - S.Maria Assunta at Tarano
how to get there:
  • Leave the Roma - Firenze motorway at the exit "Magliano Sabina"
  • Follow the Flaminia road towards Civita Castellana for about 3 km and turn left at the crossroad for Torri in Sabina.
  • After about 10-15 minutes there is a turning to the left for Tarano
  • S.Maria Assunta is situated in the district of Tarano. To find out more about this district, see the page for Tarano.
    For the moment, the Romanesque Itinerary can only be visited by appointment, to book call:

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    Madonna with Child


    Altar in the right nave

    Crucifixion: painting on wood

    The church of Santa Maria Assunta is the most significant building in the small town of Tarano. It was founded at the beginning of the 12th century and an inscription walled into the bell tower records the date of the 8th September 1114. The significance of this date is not clear, but it probably refers to the year of construction of the bell tower.

    Today the facade of the church is noticeably asymmetrical. It shows the signs of numerous alterations, the most major of which must have taken place in the 13th century when the church, originally composed of a single nave, was enlarged with two lateral naves. This involved the integration of the bell tower which was originally detached from the facade. At the same time it was necessary to build a substructure as support for the right have, this was also used to create a series of shops which descend gradually following the line of the steep slope. The insertion of the Cosmatesque rose window above the doorway with its frescoed lunette must date to the same period. Later work has radically altered the building which now has a very irregular trapezoidal form.

    The Interior of the church clearly shows the series of numerous alterations which have modified and transformed the sacred building. The right nave, immediately after the part occupied by the bell tower and a chapel of the Baroque period, begins with two large pointed arches supported by a reused column with a capital decorated with lanceolate leaves, probably of 12th century date. A similar capital can be found to the left of the entrance resting on part of a column. A marble cornice decorates one of the pillars which support the last pointed arch. The predominant decoration is composed of botanical motifs in the part which faces the central nave. On the opposite side the botanical motifs alternate with zoomorphic figures which are rather poorly executed. An eagle and a lily decorate the side facing the bell tower.

    In the same way the pictorial decoration of the walls has changed through time creating today a confusing effect of superimposition. Of particular note is fragment of fresco depicting a saint, perhaps Saint Bartholomew, of the second half of the 13th century. The high quality painting of the Crucifixion, dating from around the mid 14th century, is attributed to a master of the Assisi school.

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