Chiesa di San Ponziano

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Chiesa di San Ponziano
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RP-Netherlands
Wemeldinge, The Netherlands1,146 contributions
great experience, fab fresco's
Sep. 2019
There was a volunteer tour guide on site and 2 other visitors. The guide told us that the church has been resored but that they did a very bad job. They were in it for the money without respect for the antiquities and the artwork. However, underneath the restored church there was the old church with fresco's that have been untouched for centuries and they are still beautiful. Very detailed, vibrant colours, and fascinating in what they depict. A surprising visit. A great memory thanks to the dedication of the voluteer guide!
Written October 19, 2019
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia4,387 contributions
The earthquake protector
Sep. 2018 • Couples
The former Benedictine monastery is dedicated to the Saint Ponziano, the second century martyr and a patron saint of the city who is usually invoked for protection against earthquakes (due to his prediction that “Spoleto will shake but not collapse”). The 14th century building went under extensive reconstruction in 1788 by Giuseppe Valadier, who retained its Romanesque facade, but decorated the interior in neoclassical style.
Written October 20, 2018
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0101TravelBug0101
Boonsboro, MD102 contributions
Amazing Experience!
Jun. 2018 • Solo
I was the only one there when I arrived at the church, and I didn't quite know if I was supposed to be there. A man in the courtyard greeted me and asked if I wanted to see the church - he guided me in and told me about the history of the church, and led me to the crypt to see the original part of the building from the 13th century. He left and welcomed me to take pictures, so that I was able to experience this incredible space alone - it was really something special. The main interior of the church from a 17th century restoration was also lovely with the sun shining through the chandeliers. What a special experience.

There are only 7 monks living in the monastery and its future is uncertain - the man's only request was that I encourage others to visit, which I enthusiastically do!
Written June 6, 2018
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia11,950 contributions
Noisy distraction inside
Apr. 2018 • Couples
The Chiesa di San Ponziano is located on the outskirts of Spoleto on the road leading up to the Basilica di San Salvatore, the church stands on what is believed to be the burial site of the martyr Ponziano dating back to the 8th century. The church is small with the front facade dating back to the 12-13th century. it was a pleasure to view from outside.

The first time we attempted to visit the church it was closed, on the second the church was open but on entering there was a man walking around talking at the top of his voice and looked like he was intruding in others space and tranquility. It was not pleasant and it spoiled our visit.
Written June 5, 2018
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,012 contributions
Head sunk to here.
Feb. 2017 • Solo
The Church has significance to the city, because the relics of the patron of Spoleto, St Ponziano are here. In the time of Marcus Aurelius in 175 AD, Ponciano beheaded on the Sanguinaria bridge. The head rolled and stopped here and a source of pure water appeared here at once. This story resembles the legend of Saint Denis, who was beheaded but he took it under his arm and reached the present suburb of Paris, to which metro has not finished yet. The imagination of the Spoleto residents was more modest than the French friends. However, residents of Spoleto have shared fraternally relics with a distant Dutch Utrecht. The Bishop of Utrecht took in 966 hand and a little bones of St Ponziano. 14th of January of each year the urn containing the head of Ponziano is transferred to the Cathedral of Spoleto. The inhabitants of Spoleto do not cut bread with a knife that day, because it recalls them the hand of the executioner and decapitation Ponciano. If You were in Spoleto on this day, you will be able to see all these medieval wonders. I only saw the Abbot in the early morning, driving up on a modern car
Written January 9, 2018
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,368 contributions
Closed
Sep. 2017 • Couples
We waked to Chiesa di San Ponziano but it was closed. We enjoyed the grounds and the view from there. The outside was historic and it was a shame we were not able to tour.
Written October 10, 2017
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milehidi
Denver, CO245 contributions
Quiet, peaceful Monastery
May 2017
We were visiting Spoleto & its many interesting places and when we were leaving we decided to stop here and so pleased that we did. The place was very quiet and no other cars around. We entered the courtyard and there was a man there with a precious little dog named Sophia. The man welcomed us and spoke broken English which was wonderful. We walked into the church but then he escorted us to the crypt or old chapel area and he took so much time with us explaining the incredible frescoes and the unusual pillars plus history of this convent then monastery.We then visited the main church and again he was well informed and pointed out many things to us. We gave him some Euro but both of us felt it was a great experience & wish we could have given him more. I believe he said there are just a few monks left there and when they are gone he does not know what will happen with the church. It sits outside the walled city of Spoleto and I am sure many do not stop here. If you can, it is well worth a stop.
Written June 2, 2017
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John-Paul S
Yerevan139 contributions
Great from outside
Jan. 2017 • Family
Such a remarkable building but unfortunately we were only able to walk round the outside as it was very firmly closed. Will try to visit again in Summer.
Written January 5, 2017
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bunnyjlb
Jerusalem, Israel124 contributions
Go To THE CRYPT
Jul. 2016 • Couples
The high rating is just for the crypt, as we felt that the Baroque "improvements" in the church destroyed a beautiful Romanesque structure. The crypt, however, is unspoiled, and the two enigmatically shaped pillars are, by themselves, worth the trip beyond the walls.
Written July 31, 2016
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WelshToro
Birmingham, UK163 contributions
You Must See The Crypt
Sep. 2014 • Couples
San Ponziano was the last place my wife and I visited on our trip to Spoleto a couple of years ago. We were pretty worn out following a hard day's cultural slog but it turned out to be a highlight. I'm astonished that this is the first review for this place written in English.

Getting here involves a walk outside the city walls but it's a small distance to the church of San Salvatore, which is not to be missed, so definitely worth it. The exterior is 12th century Romanesque and promises much. The inside, however, is disappointing as it resembles a small town church in the Baroque style. In the far corner is the entry to the crypt which is not always guaranteed to be open. We were extremely fortunate as a local guide was passing by to lock up and took us into the crypt for a viewing. The crypt has Roman columns and is decorated with medieval frescos. Our host thought the authorities had botched the restoration but we all agreed that it remained special and it seemed like a very spiritual space.

If you visit Spoleto I would strongly recommend a visit to the Roman church of San Salvatore. Once you've done that you should come to San Ponziano. Whatever you do don't forget the crypt.
Written December 15, 2014
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