The Maria Santissima Assunta Church is located in the central Piazza Umberto I square in Bassano Romano. it is one of the main tourist attractions of this small town in the province of Viterbo.
Maria Santissima Assunta Church Bassano Romano
The address of the Chiesa di Maria Santissima Assunta is Piazza Umberto I, snc – 01030 Bassano Romano, Italy. The opening hours are not known.
History and description
The Maria Santissima Assunta Church was built adjacent to the Palazzo Giustiniani-Odescalchi.
The current version of this church is the fruit of a reconstruction and enlargement in the year 1703. The original version dates back to the 15th century. The foundation stone of the reconstruction was laid by Prince Don Vincenzo II Giustiniani.
During this reconstruction, the foundations of the apse of the church were made to rest on the valley below.
The facade of the church, flanked by two small bell towers, is divided into planes by six pilasters. The bell above the central window is decorated with the coat of arms of the Giustiniani family. The construction is crowned by a marble statue of Mary.
The interior consists of a single nave.
Above the central entrance is a painted wooden choir dating back to the 19th century, just after the fief was purchased by the Odescalchi family. The organ in this choir is even older and dates back to the beginning of the 18th century.
What to see
First chapel on the right: 17th century painting representing San Luigi Gonzaga.
Second chapel on the right: A wooden statue of the Madonna in an aedicula above the altar (19th century).
Third chapel on the right: 18th century painting representing the mater dolorosa with a silver crown. Eugenio dell’Addolorata is buried below the altar.
Right transept: Above the altar hangs a painting depicting St. Peter (17th-18th century). The painting on the left depicts the patron saint of Bassano Romano, San Gratiliano, to whom one of the city’s most important churches is dedicated. The canvas near the main altar is painted with a trompe l’oeil motif (“Assumption of Mary,” 20th century).
The painting in the Madonna del Rosario Chapel dates back to the 17th century.
The painting above the second altar, also dating back to the 17th century, depicts San Giovanni Evangelista.
The painting in the 1st chapel on the left depicts Sant’Antonio Abate.