If you love Corinaldo you’ll like this. Or even if you don’t but would like to find out more …
I was fascinated by the difference between Gherardo Cibo’s illustrations, in Ridolfi’s manuscript, of the churches of Corinaldo (where we have our holiday home), and how they appear today. Here are the churches I know best.
Once upon a time San Pietro was Corinaldo’s principal church; now only its bell tower remains.
San Pietro today. Thanks to Corinaldo Comune
San Francesco, now Corinaldo’s parish church, formerly attached to a friary of Franciscan Friars Minor. It has been considerably altered since 1596.
San Francesco today.
This was originally the church of San Niccolò. When it was taken over by the Augustinians, it became known as Sant’Agostino, and is now the Diocesan Sanctuary of Santa Maria Goretti, Corinaldo’s own local saint, who died in 1902 as the result of an attempted rape by a neighbour’s son. Today’s church (below) is not the church Ridolfi knew; that church was mediaeval. The church…
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