15th Century Church – Sarnano, Italy

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Added to OHD on 5/31/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   25 Comments
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Sarnano, Italy

  • €240,000
  • 3229 Sq Ft
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Deconsecrated church of the fifteenth century that retains all the romance of the place, situated on the edge of the stream Tennacola, but within walking distance from the town center. The Church while having no documented historical constraints of use imposed unless the moral commitment of the current owners that want to sell to those who can ensure a cautious recovery of the paintings it contains.

The property consists of the church and the priest's house, all in good structural condition. The shape of the building creates a corner of the court on the south side overlooking the river which is a natural suntrap even in the winter months.

The interiors of the house and the sacristy are characterized by big room with vaulted ceilings, wooden ceilings and original tiled floors. The characteristics of the church are worth reading the"History" from the writings of the architect Giuseppe Gentili of Sarnano:

The church of the "Madonna di Loreto" was constructed in the XV century by the "wool corporation" constituted by craftsman of the textile, weaving texture and colouring cloth mill.

In 1619 the church was in part reconstructed and restored as it now appears, for the devotion of the Madonna, in relationship to the promenade from the south that where going on a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the "Madonna di Loreto", situated north and in the direction of Assisi in Umbria.

The building is constituted of a single central nave in a rectangular form of approx. 17.30 m x 7.30 metres and approx. 8.00 metres in height, orientated with its principal axis north - east, south - west; the entrance is exposed south - west while on the opposite side is situated the sanctuary constructed in a heavy vaulted ceiling in spider - formation probably built in the XVI century.

On the side adjacent to the stream is positioned the priests residence home developed on a two - floor layout.

The church nave is covered with a barrel - shaped vault constructed of a cane and gypsum chamber supported to the wood truss - beam roof being the main constituted part of the supporting roof structure. The higher part of the walls and the vaulted ceilings are decorated of relative paintings of the Madonna di Loreto, paintings that dates back to the XVII century and of valuable exquisite workmanship of its perspective.

In the centre of the vault is a configuration of the holy home of Nazareth of Loreto with the Madonna and the Angels, a glimpse partial view of the arcade open gallery is positioned in front of the "holy home".

The paintings cover an area of approx. 175 sq.m. of remarkable importance to emphasize the partitioning wall of which contains the altar painted an architectural structure in a canopy form with six red Verona marble pillars, giving a splendid perspective of the perfect elements of a remarkable architectural effect.

The entire building is constructed of masonry brick - work in red cotto externally left as it appears.
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25 Comments on 15th Century Church – Sarnano, Italy

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  1. KarenZKarenZ says: 1176 comments
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    I can’t imagine being able to look at that art all day! I know that it needs work, but this is amazing!

  2. Jennifer HTJennifer HT says: 737 comments
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    Anthem, AZ

    Holy cow it is an art piece! If walls could talk!

  3. Karen I says: 169 comments

    The paintings remind me of the paintings in the Prisoner of War Chapel at Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana. In 1943 the Italian prisoners built the chapel out of leftover construction materials and used berries and other natural items to paint beautiful frescos. The Chapel was renovated in the 1990s. (My grandfather was one of the guards there during the war). https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/camp-atterbury-prisoner-of-war-chapel

  4. Gina hill says: 62 comments

    I’ve never been a fan of churches converted to living space. They never seem very cozy. But I’d be willing to try this one!

  5. Anne Hamilton says: 202 comments

    I can’t even get my head around this,,,,,it’s just too overwhealmingly beautiful.

  6. Karen says: 1 comments

    I think if anyone ever cared nverts this church to living space, they should be whipped. I’d live in the priest’s house ( I wish there were more photos of this) and set about making sure the church always remained in top condition.
    The church is so beautiful! I have so many questions about it. Who did the art work? Who designed and built it? Who paid to have it built? Why was it deconsecrated?

  7. Gouldfla says: 3 comments

    National treasure.

  8. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    WOW! :O

  9. RobinjnRobinjn says: 242 comments
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    1978 Split level
    Columbia, MO

    Very high quality trompe l oeil. Whoever painted that interior was a master and I hate that water damage has had such an effect. Someone needs to preserve this as the masterpiece it is.

  10. MimiMimi says: 185 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Enjoyed viewing this listing. The paintings were so fun!

  11. Jo Ann Graham says: 128 comments

    The thought of something that is about 600 years old is flabergasting! So beautiful. I just keeping thinking of all the many, many stories of the people who have viewed those frescos, visited that church, made those pilgrimages, worshipped there weekly. What their lives must have been like. Oh, the stories these walls could tell. It’s amazing.

    I am absolutely loving all these old European buildings lately! I look forward every day to see what is next!

  12. Robertcn says: 71 comments

    It’s beautiful as is and I would happily make it a home.

  13. KathyCKathyC says: 33 comments
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    First thing I’d do is hire some good restoration people to deal with the church interior. Aside from making sure roof is good, etc, I would do nothing to the church interior.The rest would be historical restoration by experts.
    The apartment…that would be fun to play with.

  14. LynnK says: 80 comments

    My first thought was, “I wonder how much it would cost to have someone repair all of the paintings?” Amazing!!

  15. CoraCora says: 2091 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    This is too beautiful for words.

  16. MW says: 925 comments

    It seems amazing cheap for such a beautiful little piece of art. It is a shame that the government isn’t doing something to preserve this instead of leaving it to risk the open market. But I suspect there might be many more like this there and it is just not realistic to expect they can get too deep into too many of them. But at least it seems that it isn’t in any obvious imminent danger from people damage like it likely would be here in the US. Here it would probably get looted and stripped out, burned down or bulldozed for a big box store parking lot within a matter of a couple years.

  17. Millie says: 8 comments

    I am currently “reading” Pillars of the Earth, about a cathedral being built. Looking at this church, I could see the stonemasons, apprentices, etc. laboring away 600 years ago. The book takes place in the 1500s in England and is an easy read. I have also read Cathedral by Rutherford and that is a huge book and very entertaining! I think someone needs to buy this and then we can have groups from here go over as a tour to help work on it! Wouldn’t that be fun!

  18. Sarah J Erwin says: 67 comments

    STUNNING!! Now…. where do we start???? And I’d love to see the estimate for restoration of the painting. And how much it would cost to repair/replace the tile roof. That would be job number one, I think, to prevent any more damage! Really beautiful!! Thanks for sharing this!

  19. Greg says: 1 comments

    It looks like the paintings date to a few centuries after the church was built.

  20. FG says: 69 comments

    So, after being in Spain and Portugal – where there are a surprising number of abandoned buildings in random places, especially smaller cities, it doesn’t surprise me that there are churches going begging in a country with a similar rural depopulation trend and economy.

  21. says: 5 comments

    The town seems to be located at the foot of the mountains that suffered several very damaging earthquakes a couple of years ago. That’s the only thing that would give me pause about this lovely old property.


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