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This collection is described in the museum catalogue referenced below, but it is no longer exhibited in Terni.

St Sylvester taming a dragon (12th century)

This relief came from an arch that once stood to the left of San Tommaso.  (A similar relief of the incredulity of St Thomas is still in situ on the remains of the arch to the right of the church).

Reliefs from Porta Romana (1449)

These three reliefs, which were inserted on Porta Romana in preparation by a visit of Pope Nicholas V, depict the papal arms and two copies of the arms of the city.   They were removed when the gate was rebuilt in 1640.

Arms of Bishop Ludovico Mazzancolli (1460)

These arms,which contain a funerary inscription commemorating Bishop Ludovico Mazzancolli (died 1458) came from his tomb in the Duomo.

Arms of Pope Pius IV (1564)

The arms of Pope Pius IV were inserted into the façade of the Palazzo Apostolico (later Palazzo Comunale) after the pacification of the Banderari revolt to symbolise the reimposition of papal control of the city.

Inscription from Ponte di Sant’ Antonio (1598)

This marble slab from Ponte di Sant’ Antonio, which was discovered in 1880 in Palazzo Comunale, contains two inscriptions:

  1. An early Christian funerary inscription (CIL XI 4333) commemorates a man called Frilitus, who had been buried at the time of the Consul Anicius Probus Faustus iunior (490 AD).  The original location of the cemetery is unknown.

  2. The inscription on the reverse recorded the restoration of Ponte di Sant’ Antonio by Pope Clement VIII in 1599.

The inscription was removed when the bridge was demolished in 1605.

Inscription from San Giovanni Decollato (ca. 1600)

This inscription was removed from the church of San Giovanni Decollato (see Walk I) when it was demolished in 1921.  It records that Cardinal Orsini gave the relics of St Abundius to the Marchesa Eleonora, the wife of Giovanni Francesco Castelli, and that she arranged for their translation to the church.  These relics would have been venerated in Terni as the relics of the son of the Prefect of Rome who had been converted by St Valentine.

According to the Roman Martyrology, the relics of two Roman saints, “the holy martyrs Abundius, a priest, and Abundantius, a deacon” who  had been martyred under the Emperor Diocletian, were rediscovered in SS Cosmo e Damiano, Rome in the reign of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-85) and transferred to the Chiesa del Gesù, Rome.  Cardinal Alessandro Orsini (died 1626) was close to the Jesuits and was buried in the Chiesa del Gesù.  This suggests that he was the cardinal who gave the relics of St Abundius to the Marchesa Eleonora and that the relics in question were those of the Roman priest.   It is, of course, possible that this priest was the person that St Valentine had  converted.

Architectural Fragments from San Giovanni Decollato (1748)

These fragments were saved from the church of San Giovanni Decollato (see Walk I) when it was demolished in 1921.  These include the capitals of some of the pilasters of the facade and an inscription that records its completion in 1748, as well as the inscription above.

Museum catalogue:

Pinacoteca Comunale ‘Orneore Metelli’ di Terni: Dipinti, Sculture, Stampe e Arredi dall’ VIII al XIX Secolo”, C. Fratini (Ed.), Milan (2000).

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