Key to Umbria: Spello

Amadeo di Spello founded this monastery for a community of Augustinian nuns, which was first documented in 1314.  In 1497, Bishop Costantino Eroli of Spoleto merged this community with that of Santa Lucia, Bevagna, but the arrangement soon broke down. 

The community was suppressed in the period 1810-5.  In 1816, Pope Pius VII transferred the nuns of San Giovanni Battista here.  The combined community was suppressed in 1860.

The nunnery is now once more in the hands of a community of Augustinian nuns, and they offer accommodation.


The panels (17th century) on the altar wall depict:

  1. SS Maximinus and Mary Magdalene;

  2. Mary Magdalene in ecstasy;  and

  3. “Noli me tangere” (do not touch me, the words used by the risen Christ to St Mary Magdalene when He appeared to her soon after His crucifixion).

Birth of St John the Baptist (1575)

This on the left wall, which depicts the birth of St John the Baptist, came from San Giovanni Battista (see above).  It is attributed to Felice Damiani and dated by inscription.  If this attribution is correct, it is his earliest known work.

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Santa Maria Maddalena (ca. 1314)

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