One of the most important and interesting
centres of Sant'Anatolia di Narco
is for sure the hamlet Castel
, another fortified village with a strong personality and a
A proper gem of the Romanesque architecture is here, the Church of San
Felice di Narco
According to the tradition on the place where now rises the church used to be
an ancient coenoby which was found by St Mauro di Siria
father of San Felice
, of whom didn't remain any trace.
The church was without any doubt a very important religious centre, becoming
even a prioral and a collegiate church. This is demonstrated by the enormous
value of the building, but also by an illustrated document, that consists of
two handwritten volumes from the 12th
century containing topics
related to the saints worshipped at Spoleto
. The two codexes originate
just from the church of San Felice di Narco and are now kept in the capitular
library at Spoleto.
From the text results that the church was built around 1190 in the course of
the complete reconstruction of a former Benedictine building which had been
built after the drainage of the zone.
The fašade is an admirable example for the Romanesque architecture of Spoleto,
carried out as imitation of the Basilica di San Salvatore
model that inspired many planner of other buildings of this period.
The rose-window is a magnificent product of the Umbrian Romanesque, too, as it
is decorated with the symbols of the evangelists and the relieves below, that
portray two stories of San Felice, the ''killing of the dragon'' and ''the
resurrection of the widow's son''.
The dragon killed by San Felice is just the transposition of the river Nera
that was considered in ancient times a dangerous antagonist which had to be
fought and defeated. The killing of the dragon represents symbolically the
reclamation of the territory which had been marshy and cause of illness and
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