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Poggiodomo: Fausto Poli, the cardinal who was born at Usigni

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The church of San Salvatore at Usigni was built on the initiative of cardinal Fausto Poli (1581-1652), who arrived at the highest authorities of the Roman Papal Court without ever neglecting the place where he was born. He lived as private secretary of pope Urban VIII in the first half of the 17th century and was a very successful personality. Being a great connoisseur of arts and knowing the best artist of his time he spent much energy to take his native village and the surrounding territory out of its isolation.

As well as promoting the construction of the church he embellished it properly and filled it with very valuable artistic objects, like antependiums, shrines and precious sacred vestments.

He had also the undiscussed merit to not have spared any efforts for the diffusion of the worship of Santa Rita da Cascia, of which he can rightly be considered the initiator.
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