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The Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione: photos, description Chiesa di Santa Maria della Consolazione)

The Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione located on the outskirts of the town of Todi in Umbria. It was built from 1508 to 1607 years in the place where you found the image of the virgin Mary and child with Saint Catherine of Alexandria. According to legend, one worker by the name of Jola di Cecco, who was blind in one eye, cleared the doors of ancient churches, Santa Maria and San Giorgio from the thickets BlackBerry when he saw the face of the blessed virgin, - his he cleared his handkerchief. And later, the same wiping with a handkerchief his face, he miraculously received his sight.

The initiator of the construction of Santa Maria della Consolazione was cardinal Antonio del Monte in his native town of Montepulciano stands the Church of San Biagio, which has much in common with the Church of Todi.

Today, the Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione is one of the most amazing samples of Renaissance art in Umbria. It has a Greek cross plan with five domes - one Central and four others on each apse. They say that on the creation of the project of the Church was worked by the great Bramante. According to another version, is a masterpiece of Cola di Caprarola or Antonio da Sangallo the younger. We only know that Sangallo the younger gave the temple with a height of 70 meters so majestic and Grand look. Placed on top are figures of four eagles - symbols of Todi.

The interior is simple and abundance of light characteristic of the buildings of the Renaissance. In total 56 Windows. Here you can see the wooden statue of Pope Martin I, a native of Todi, in the giant statues of the twelve apostles and in the Northern apse near the altar is a Baroque sculpture of virgin Mary with child, which also is credited with miraculous properties.