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Church of San Giorgio

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The church of San Giorgio, the Mother Church of Oriolo, is of Norman origin and is adjacent to the Castle. It was enlarged and embellished in the Eighteenth Century. In its interior, with three naves, is kept a statue of "Madonna col bambino" dating back to 1581, and guard at the entrance, two lions of 1264. Scattered here and there in the historic center were built devotional chapels both by private individuals and of the University.

In 1860 it was "named" new patron saint San Francesco di Paola. The devotion to the Saint of Cappadocia was imported in the period of the Crusades and the tradition wants that are of this holy the remains of the skull, today Venerable and preserved in a reliquary of silver of the eighteenth century, but in the seventeenth century certainly placed within the shield of silver statue. In 1461 the church was already a large plant consisting of two naves. The presence of"many officers and regi counselors" was in it read the act of clemency of Ferdinand I of Aragon, the son of Alfonso the magnanimous, in respect of Sanseverino.

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