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    Montefiore Conca

    Malatesta fortress
    Although built in a previous period one dateis certain - 1337 - when Malatesta Guastafamiglia turned it into amilitary bastion that was also a residence, a place where people could rest and meet. Indeed in 1347, it played host to Andreas, King of Hungary with his entire entourage and later Popes Gregory XIIand Julius II, Sigismund, Emperor of Bohemia and numerous other nobles and lords of the time. Another leading figure of the seignory, Malatesta Ungaro, commissioned the coat of arms at the entrance to the castle and the fine frescoes in what is called the Emperor’s Room. These unusual pieces are the work of Jacopo Avanzi and depicta battle scene with foot soldiers. The entire building has recently been renovated and has become even more imposing and beautiful, offering visitors the atmosphere of times gone by and an insight into the historical-architectural stratifications that have characterized it, exalting the artistic culture of the 14th century. These include the original roof, which can be admired by climbing to the highest part of the fortress that also offers stunning views of the Adriatic and thehills. Exhibitions and art events are held at the castle each year.

    Permanent exhibition “Sotto le tavole dei Malatesta”.Archaeological finds from excavations at the fortress
    The castle hosts an exhibition dedicated to the archaeological studies carried out between 2006 and 2008. These unearthed extraordinary Malatesta ceramics from the building; dozens of jugs, cups and basins decorated with portraits and scrolls, Gothic letters and festoons, geometric patterns and symbols. The colours of the pieces - blue, yellow, ochre, copper green and manganese brown -reflect those of the landscape that can be admired from here.

    Church of the Hospital of Mercy
    Built in the old town around 1470 to serve the small hospice for pilgrims the Hospital of the Well, as was common in every village. It has some interesting frescoes of the period; the series on the internal walls, which has recently been renovated, is attributed to Bernardino and Ottaviano Dolci and shows scenes of the resurrection of the dead, the last judgement, heaven and hell. The holy procession held every yearon Good Friday always ends here, where various symbols of the Passion are kept.

    Sanctuary of the Madonna di Bonora
    A short distance from the village is the most famous sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady in the diocese of Rimini. Its origins can be traced back to the workof a lay hermit, Ondidei di Bonora. In a will drawn up in 1409, he left his property and the chapel in which he had commissioned animage of The Virgin Suckling her Child to the Franciscan tertiary. The sanctuary, which was completely renovated in the early 20th century, developed around this miraculous image of Our Lady that dominates the main altar. The sacristy is of particular interest as it houses an extensive variety of ex voto, evidence of the deep popular devotion to this site.

    The walled village and walkway around the walls
    Walking around the fortified village is like savouring the magic of history. After passing through Gothic-style, 14th-century Curina Gate, dominated by the coat of arms of Pius XII Piccolomini, visitors will find the parish church of San Paolo, the town’s patron, on the right. It houses a beautiful Crucifix of the “fourteenth-century Rimini school” and interesting figurative pieces. On the left is the ancient pottery workshop, with its original wood-fired kiln. Continuing toward the fortress is the entrance to Porta Nova Park; an area that often hosts outdoor shows whose backdrop, on the horizon but almost in reach, are the Riviera and the sea. This is a fascinating itinerary, from both an urban and environmental perspective.

    The Malatesta Municipal Theatre
    A small jewel that has recently been restored to its former glory. Built in the 19th century it has a U-shaped layout with two circles.

    Taken from Malatesta & Montefeltro: a journey through the hills of Rimini

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    Last update: 16/03/2017