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Sanctuary of Mary Most Holy of Miracles

What to see in Castel Rigone, Perugia, Umbria

Just outside the ancient village walls is the largest Renaissance church in the Trasimeno area, built in 1500 and dedicated to Maria Santissima dei Miracoli. After a miraculous event, a second one followed in the following century. The author of the Sanctuary is unknown.
Today we tend to attribute it to an artist perhaps influenced by the Sienese Francesco di Giorgio Martini, who at that time was completing the monumental temple of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio, near Cortona, a building whose style is similar to that at Castel Rigone.

Two miraculous events took place here. The main facade overlooks the village and is divided by a very prominent cornice. The rose window and the main door, like all the decorations, are in pietra serena and were carved by skilled Lombard stonemasons including Domenico Bertini, a pupil of Michelangelo.

The church, whose base is in the shape of a Latin cross, contains six altars in the nave and two chapels in the transepts, all embellished with pietra serena friezes, paintings, statues and whose merits and stories are pleasantly recounted in the various stages dedicated to them in the itinerary.

In the painting of Our Lady of the Rosary we can see the appearance of the village in 1500 with the original bell tower of the Sanctuary, which suddenly collapsed in 1910.
The fresco dated 1519 and depicting the coronation of Mary Assumed into heaven is linked to the name of Giovan Battista Caporali and his workshop.
The story of the painting of the Virgin suckling her Divine Son and the temple raised so as to insert the original wall that contained it into the left transept is beautiful.

  • Via Giacomo Matteotti, 14 - 06065, Passignano sul Trasimeno (Perugia)
  • Religious location

Castel Rigone

Castel Rigone

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