The territorial context of the Tagghjate
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE OLD GEOLOGICAL SITES TO PRESERVE THEIR MEMORY
THE TERRITORIAL CONTEXT OF THE TAGGHJATE
THE COMPLEX OF MONTE BELVEDERE-SANT'ELIA-MONTEDORONE THE MUNICIPALITIES OF SAN GIORGIO JONICO, ROCCAFORZATA AND FAGGIANO
(edited by: Prof. G.nni Carafa)
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Let's go back to our tiny community. Few and humble houses canonically whitewashed (Photo nos. 58-59), some lonely domestic cat and sleepy dog are there to look at us in the deepest stillness of the narrow streets; here and there means and work equipment, nothing else. Each step resounds foreign in the surrounding religious silence invariably calling some suspicious sudden watchful attention.
Photo nr. 58 - San Crispieri, Naїf wall of a private house
Photo nr. 59 - San Crispieri, Naїf wall, decorative detail
The ancient manor, with its imposing façade, dominates the center of the building (photo. No. 60); the large entrance portal strongly crowned with ashlar, leads into an atrium suddenly interrupted by an incomprehensible curtain wall (Photo nr. 61). Immediately on the left side is an imposing arched staircase that leads to the upper floors, nothing else, but the suggestion is great, since, here and there it is possible to find signico-architectural-decorative peculiarities, battlements, parapets (the staircase), buttresses -Pillar and moldings of fine chiselling (windows of the external facade) (Photo nr. 62). Used as a private residence of a common family, the castle cannot be visited today. Here too, at the entrance, the presence of a descriptive signage illuminates the value of this testimony.
Photo nr. 60 - San Crispieri, The castle
Photo nr. 61 - San Crispieri, The castle, massive entrance walls into the atrium
Photo nr. 62 - San Crispieri, The castle, finely chiseled window
In front of the castle is the small church dedicated to S. Francesco da Paola, which also seems to have an unclear additional dedication to Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, nothing to do with the aforementioned dirùta church (Photo no. 63). It is also simple, an entrance door leads into a single room with a dubious golden "exposed" tufaceous masonry. The (modern) altar is frontal and, at the top, behind it, is the essential and obscure statue of the titular saint. Everything here recalls humble popular piety.
Photo nr. 63 - San Crispieri, Church of S. Francesco da Paola
A more curious observation of the outside of the church reveals in the overhanging bell tower a surprising oriental-like twinness with the aforementioned bell tower of the small church-chapel of the Carmine in Faggiano (Photo nr. 64). An affinity, this, which unexpectedly immediately re-establishes a direct rediscovered genetic-religious consanguinity with the territory.
Photo nr. 64 - San Crispieri, Church of S. Francesco da Paola, bell tower
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