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Chiesa di Santa Illuminata
Costruita su una piccola chiesa preesistente, i lavori terminarono nel 1839 e parte dei fondi fu possibile reperirli dalla Santa Sede dato che la stessa doveva essere edificata proprio a Roma, nei pressi di San Giovanni in Laterano.
Monte Castello – come risulta dagli archivi – contava più di 3.000 fuochi (famiglie) e quindi la popolazione ammontava a circa 3.500 persone.
E’ ad una sola navata e nell’abside in fondo campeggia l’altare di recente costruzione. Quello originale era unito al presbiterio, Probabilmente l’antica chiesa faceva parte di un complesso monacale, mentre sopra l’altare è custodito un crocefisso ligneo.
La volta fu affrescata nel 1903 dal giovanissimo Luigi Agretti che nel 1892 aveva fatto notare la sua maestria nel Teatro della Concordia.
Il Crocifisso - L’origine del crocefisso è rivelata da un manoscritto dove si narra che Beato Placido da Monte Castello chiamato alla fede da San Bernardino da Siena, prima di recarsi nel convento di Valencia, volle portare in dono al suo paese la testa di un crocifisso ligneo di fattura spagnola risalente al XV° secolo.
The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.Text by Steve Smith.