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Discover 5 places to see in Castles

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SAN DONATO CHURCH

The church of San Donato, whose origins are unknown, rises two kilometers far from the town of Castelli, renowned for its ancient and precious tradition of ceramic art. The country-church, with a little porch on the front, probably meant to give hospitality to shepherds, was assigned to a Benedictine friar of the Orsini family, who had been lords of those lands for a long time. At the beginning of the XVI century he superintended the enlargement and the decoration of the church. He applied to the family Pompei, a dynasty of ceramic painters from Castelli and they handcrafted the majolica ceili


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CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

The church rises on the main square of the town and was built at the end of the sixteenth century (the portal is dated 1601), reusing parts (the entrance staircase, two columns and a stone pulpit) of the ancient Benedictine San Salvatore's Abbey, situated in the surroundings of Castelli. On the façade it is possible to see a stone tile representing a griffin, the only extant part of the pulpit, which was originally located before the façade and then removed and took to pieces and set inside the church. It is carved with images of the evangelists and their symbols. On the two sides of the churc


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CHURCH OF SAN ROCCO

he church is dedicated to Saint Rock, whose statue stands out on the niche surmounting the portal. A miraculous event nonetheless connected it in people's devotion to the Virgin of Tears: according to a tradition the Madonna portrayed in the precious fifteenth-century fresco by Andrea Delitio, which used to decorate the church (at present under restoration), cried and Her tears were collected and sent to the Pope, who recognized the miracle and honored the church with precious gifts in remembrance of the prodigious event. In the last century the interior of the chapel was embellished with two


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CERAMICS MUSEUM OF CASTLES

The Franciscan convent lying on the highest part of the town has been since 1984 the seat of the Museum of Ceramics. The exhibition is distributed on two storeys. The ground floor contains the archaeological section, made up of amphorae, Etruscan vases and earthenware dated from the fourth to the first century B.C. The upper level puts on display the long history of Castelli's ceramic art: from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, with majolica tiles from an old country-chapel and sixteenth-century pitchers. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are unquestionably a triumph of Castelli's pro


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INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC ART

The collection was founded in 1986 on the initiative of Professor Vincenzo Di Giosaffatte. It is part of the Art Institute and offers an outline of the contemporary ceramic art, with more than five hundred works by artists from fifty countries, among which the Italian Brindisi and Biondi, the America William, the Spanish Castaldo and the German Kim Tai. In the same building there is also the monumental Nativity, which the school itself carried out between 1965 and 1975, organizing the school activity around the theme of Christmas and producing, thanks to an admirable co-operation between teach


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