"Dentro La Terra"

Dentro la Terra ("Inside the Earth")  is the oldest section of Sant' Angelo that surrounds the remains of an ancient Norman Castle.   In the late 15th century the town was expanded into the section known as  "Sopra la Terra" which is the center of the town today. A church dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore is also found  in "Dentro la Terra". We walked along Via Roma, one of several streets next to the church that joins the ancient and "newer" section of town and once housed the homes of the town's nobility.


 

Castello Ducale

This is the remains of the Norman castle. Like many of the houses in "Dentro la Terra", the castle was badly damaged during the earthquake of 1980. The houses in "Sopra la Terra" were less affected by the earthquake

Castello Ducale

Castello Ducale

Castello Ducale

La Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore

The church is located in the shadows of the Norman castle. The church construction was begun in the late 1400s and was completed in 1518. This old church was closed for renovation so we were unable to enter. Pictures that I have seen of the interior reveal a beautiful church with many important works of art.

La Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore

The main entrance of the church is seen here (the bell tower is hidden on the left). The wall on the left belongs to the castle. Around the corner of the church (to the left where the tower is located) is Via Roma. The pictures that follow were taken as we walked along this street.

La Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore

But first Zoom in and look at the intricate detail of the church's wood door. One of the panels in the door is of St. Michael the Archangel and another of Madonna & Child. The marble frame and lions at the base were carved by the artist Francesco di Scignano.

Via Roma

Via Roma holds the former homes of the more wealthy and influential people of the ancient town. Here you can see a side street of Via Roma leading to another street"Vico T Chiesa".

Via Roma

Note the family coat of arms above the door. A closeup can be seen in the next picture.

Via Roma

Via Roma

An influential family must have lived in this"palazzo".

Via Roma

The pheasant is an important symbol in Sant' Angelo because it was on the coat of arms of the Fasanella family and reflects the towns Greek origin, but this appears to be a bird of prey. The town's coat of arms no longer contains a bird, instead it has an image of St. Michael.

Via Roma

An unusual symbol. Looks like a hand with a ball.

Via Roma

Via Roma

The date on this one is 1702. I'm not sure if this is the date the house was built or the date the house was "renovated" by the people who moved in.