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    The Church of the Maestà delle Volte is a former church in Perugia, located in Via Maestà delle Volte, a few meters away from Piazza IV Novembre.

    Today, the structure houses a clothing store, but its facade – the only remnant of the old church, still retains its beautiful architecture and some of the original frescoes.



    In 1297, on the street which passes under Palazzo del Podesta, was placed a fresco known as Maestà delle Volte, which most likely portrayed a Madonna with Child.

    In 1335, an oratory was built to house the fresco. Later, the oratory was replaced by a larger church, erected between 1440 and 1470. Agostino di Duccio decorated the church in 1475.

    The church was damaged in 1534, when Ridolfo Baglioni conquered Perugia and set fire to the adjacent palace. Restorations took place in 1538, and again between 1557 and 1558.

    In 1566, when the church became part of the Episcopal Seminary, Bishop Fulvio della Corgna initiated further renovations.

    The church was a meeting place for the Company of Death (Compagnia della Morte) until the end of the 16th century. Then, the organization moved to its own church, Church of Compagnia della Buona Morte.

    At the end of the 16th century, the facade of the church was built after a design by the architect Bernardino (Bino) Sozi. The inscription on the facade records that the bishop Antonio Maria Gallo decorated it, using funds from the will of Marco Antonio Oradini.



    The facade of the church is delimited by two lateral pilasters, with another one in the center. Each part of the facade thus created has its own portal, and each portal is surmounted by an arched pediment. On top, the facade has a triangular tympanum.

    To the left of the facade, there is a small arch in white and red bands, once part of the Gothic portico that preceded the 14th-century church.



    The church, or what is left of it, is located about 1.8 kilometers away from the Perugia railway station. The closest bus stop is located about 80 meters away, in Piazza Felice Cavallotti, on the bus Lines C, F, Z2, Z3, Z20 and Z21.

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