The ancient church intra moenia of Massignano dedicated to San Giacomo (Major as apostle) certainly stood in place of the current town hall.
The church now houses a Museum of sacred art.
The ancient church intra moenia of Massignano dedicated to San Giacomo (Major as apostle), of uncertain date, certainly stood in place of the current town hall.
In some documents of 1461 it is incorporated into the convent of the Augustinian friars (who in turn had their own church dedicated to Saint Augustine and Saint Monica)then suppressed in 1652 by Pope Innocent X who entrusted the building to the City and maintenance to the brotherhood of SS. Sacramento.
It was rebuilt in its current position in the second half of the 18th century and opened for worship in 1785 thanks to a generous bequest of Giuseppe Callisto Gentili, a nobleman of Aragonese descent who grew up in Massignano and then a councillor of state for Emperor Joseph II of Habsburg-Lorena, and designed by the architect Pietro Augustoni.
Of neoclassical style, it was opened to the cult in 1785.
Inside you can admire:
The church currently houses a Museum of sacred art that preserves, among other objects, a refined piviale embroidered in gold belonging to the same Gentili.
Here are some points of interest that we suggest you to visit to continue to discover all the beauties of the territory of Massignano.
From the town as from several points of the surrounding countryside open to the eyes glimpses of wonderful beauty: the hills dotted with small villages stretch out like a rolling carpet between the blue of the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini mountains, also known as “blue mountains”.
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