Key to Umbria: Spoleto

Sant' Agata (11th century)

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This was the site of one of the earliest parish churches in Spoleto.  Most of the ancient church has been demolished, but its portico (illustrated above) survives in Via Sant' Agata.

A community of Benedictine nuns from San Paolo inter Vineas acquired the church in 1395, when they moved to the adjacent Palazzo Corvi (see Walk I).  They extended the nunnery  above the site of the Roman theatre.   The apse and the surviving part of the cloister, which date to that period, are illustrated. 

The nuns moved to Sant' Ansano in 1855 and the complex was adapted as a women's prison in 1870.   The complex was adapted to house the Museo Archeologico in 1985. 

Last Supper (1558)

This fresco survives in the ex-refectory, which now forms part of the museum.

Finds from the Church

Capital (8th century)

This carved capital came from a column in Sant' Agata is now in Room 7 of the Museo del Ducato di Spoleto.

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