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Simple but Beautiful

Amazing architecture with a simplistic beauty. Amazing how each of these churches have their own... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
301ericw
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Beautiful very old large church with sober interior

One might think this would be a protestant church looking at the very simple interior with few... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Jan S
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

Saint Fortunato beckons from above in all its largesse- teasing with its unfinished, less than imposing two faced unfinished exterior: "Make the piccolo pilgrimage up and in to see what's ahead". How did the Franciscans come to express their values in a Gothic setting, virtually unheard of anywhere? It turns out the church was originally Benedictine, which explains the confusion.

Its size is imposing, built from the late 13th through the 14th century, with an impressive display of imposing frescoes. Under the altar and beneath is the potent somewhat Napoleonic marble tomb of a wealthy merchant who changed his ways dramatically upon the death of his wife, so much so as to be rejected by the Franciscans as rigidly austere in his religiosity. He was later castigated as a heretic, but won that battle to become a principal heroic figured father figure to Todi.

The reinvented Jacapone also left us with a major work-th Laudi which, along with Dante's La Comedia is considered a primary source in the stabilization and transition to an Italian language.

Finally, there is the incandescent stain glass which looks as if it were completed yesterday and finish buffed this morning. The Church of Saint Fortunate reminds us not to judge a book by its unimpressive cover, especially a holy one.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

The church is different to those in the area, the steps leading up create a design of angles and lines making it look more imposing than it really is.

Beware the road at the entrance is in use and cars do shoot by in mad italian style.

If you walk around the left side and follow the roads as they wind down, you will pass under one of the many arch "gates" to a view over the tops of house that cling to walls of this hill.

It is wonderful.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

The facade is beautiful: really impressive, at the end of steps, dominating a little square.
Inside, all is white and calm ... Meditative and contemplative location.
Underneath, in the crypt, there's the grave of Jacopone da Todi, a friar who wrote "Stabat mater", an inspiring hymn to Mary set to music from Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Rossini and other important composers.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Located on one side of the Piazza del Popolo, this church is well worth a visit. Apart from its painting of the resurrection it has one of the most vibrant stained glass windows I have seen.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank rtcfix
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is the largest church in the town and one with the most local ties as Fortunate was an Umbrian dear to Todian hearts. The church was built largely with local funds and encouragement and has an interesting interior with a few paintings of of note. The exterior facade remains unfinished as funds ran out back in history and other civic construction projects have been given priority since. There's a bit of a climb to the entry way and it's well trafficked by teens from the adjacent secondary school around noon and after 4:00pm

Date of experience: September 2015
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