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The History of the church

20 Jul

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The Church and the Abbey of Santa Illuminata are situated on one of the most amazing hills before Todi, characterised by the typical physiognomy of the umbrian landscape.

Plenty of art and history enrich the Church and the Abbey. The Abbey is dedicated to Santa Illuminata. She was a Christian virgin coming from Ravenna, who found a refuge in this place in the IV century when escaping from persecution of pagans and compulsion to marry Sebastiano, prefect of Ravenna. She and her parents, Marciano and Flabiana, died here, while praying, on the 29th November of the year 303. It would seem that Santa Illuminata was buried here “…place named Papinio or Bagno di Papiniano, two miles far from Massa Martana.” ) together with her parents. (more)

 

 

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