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Chiesa di Santa Illuminata
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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.

Un documento dei primi dell’800 testimonia la richiesta di fondi per edificare una nuova chiesa più grande poiché: “…molti sono i fedeli che non trovano posto neppure in piedi, e spesso chi può sosta sulla piazza antistante pur di partecipare con si devozione alle sante funzioni”.

Monte Castello – come risulta dagli archivi – contava più di 3.000 fuochi (famiglie) e quindi la popolazione ammontava a circa 3.500 persone.

L’interno

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.

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Taken: 17/04/2011
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