Photographer's Note

Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia - Spoleto
The church is located on the lower floor of the turreted apse of the church of San Nicolò, the large temple built by the Augustinians on the area of ​​the two ancient churches of San Nicola and San Massimo. In 1263 the original church dedicated to San Nicolò da Bari was, in fact, granted by the bishop Bartolomeo Accorambi to a nucleus of Augustinian eremitani, already present in the convent adjacent to the church of Saints Concordio and Senzia, now San Salvatore, in Spoleto.
Later the Augustinians also bought the nearby church of San Massimo and other houses; on the overall available area they built a new church dedicated to Saints Agostino, Nicolò and Massimo: in 1304 the first stone was placed.
Coeval to the above, to which it serves as a base, therefore dates back to the early fourteenth century; probably the two churches have never been communicating with each other.
It was the seat of the lay brotherhood of Mercy and the Good Death, whose members, wearing black hoods, accompanied the deceased on their last journey. As the superior was held by the Augustinians.
The church is currently not open to visitors, it is used by the Diocesan Caritas as a warehouse.
The main and most valuable portal, made up of bundles of small columns with capitals decorated with plant motifs, rosettes and human heads, overlooks a tiny square. Around the arch there is a ring set on leafy shelves, above, in the central position a pelican is sculpted. Legend has it that the pelican injures its chest to make the little ones drink the blood, or eat its flesh, depending on the version. It is therefore an allegory of Christ giving his body for the salvation of his children, a Christian symbol of sacrifice and charity. A similar symbolism can also be seen in the external right pulpit of the Duomo.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18029 W: 130 N: 37989] (205890)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-11-20
  • Exposición: f/0.1, 30 segundos
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-11-04 0:41
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