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Medieval Courtly Joust Itinerary

Cathedral of St Panfilo, Church of the Holy Annunziata and Pelino's museum    




(The Cathedral of St Pelino - Abruzzo)
Corfinio, 400 mt


(Eremo di San Venanzio - Abruzzo)
Raiano, 400 mt


(Di Carlo's museum - Abruzzo)
Sulmona, 400 mt


(The Crypt of St Panfilo - Abruzzo)
Sulmona, 400 mt


(Church of the Holy Annunziata - Abruzzo)
Sulmona, 400 mt


(The Medieval Courtly Joust - Abruzzo)
Sulmona, 400 mt

This Medieval Courtly Joust itinerary includes the visit:

(am): to the Cathedral of St Pelino, to the Hermitage of St Venanzio and Restaurant Lo Chalet in Raiano;

(pm): to the Cathedral of St Panfilo, to the Church of the Holy Annunziata, the visit to the Di Carlo's Museum in Sulmona, Medieval Courtly Joust.


The Cathedral of St Pelino
The Passio Sancti Pelini, contained in a parchment manuscript of the 9th-10th century. It narrates not only the life and martyrdom of the Saint but also the legend of the founding of the cathedral. As far back as the 4th century the people of Corfinio fulfilled a vow by building a temple in the place where the body of the martyred saint was found. The cathedral refers to a territory that can be dated back to the Longobard period. The basis of the name of the Cathedral of St Pelino derived from the word “balma”,indicating an area of pertinence, and is located next to the Peligna Valley. The architectural complex comprises two separate communicating blocks: the mausoleum of Pope St Alexander and the cathedral of San Pelino.

Saint Venanzio's Hermitage in Raiano
The surrounding unpolluted environment makes the hermitage, set among rock faces, even more attracting.
The fifteenth-century hermitage is founded on a system of arches anchored to the rocks just where the gorges get narrower.
The hermitage is made up of an upper level, where the church and the hermit's cells lie, and a lower level, where you can visit the loggia suspended on the river Aterno and the Chapel of the seven Marie.
Raiano, 400 mt.

Di Carlo's museum
Legend has it that the confetti of Sulmona have always existed, even before the advent of the Christian era, before the presence of Roman legions in Abruzzo. In other words, before any tie to religious or ceremonial ritual. Historical sources assert that the typical sweets of Sulmona are not the confetti of today, given that sugar was unheard of at the time. They were a similar sweet made of almonds, honey and flour.
Sulmona, 400 mt.

The Cathedral of St Panfilo (the Crypt in photo)
The wonderful Cathedral of St Panfilo, the Patron Saint of Sulmona, is one of the most beautiful churches in the city. The former medieval building was built and restored several times throughout the ages: today it is a mixture of romanesque-gothic and baroque art. The main portal, dating back to the XIV century, is Gothic and it shows in the lunetta a fresco by Leonardo from Teramo.
Inside the Cathedral a romanesque double colonnade stands as it was in the past; in the right nave you can see a XIII-century wooden Crucifix. In the XI-century crypt visitors can admire a beautiful XII-century basrelief (Madonna with Holy Child) and a XV-century silver bust of St Panfilo.
Sulmona, 400 mt.

The Church of the Holy Annunziata (and Town Museum)
Together with the adjacent church, which was completely rebuilt after an earthquake in 1706, the huge complex is a synthesis of four centuries of art from Sulmona, i.e. a mixture of late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
The big soaring columns of the church's facade, the wonderful mullioned window with three lights, the flowered ornaments of the first portal, the elegant mullioned windows with two lights and the sculptures in the central portal show a combination of local and foreign - Lombard and Tuscan - art tradition.
In the past the palace was a hospital and the magistrate's house, today it is the seat of the Town Museum. The bell-tower, 65,50 meters high, was built in the second half of the XVI century.
Sulmona, 400 mt.

The Medieval Courtly Joust, in Major Square (last Sunday of July):
The ancient Chivarly Joust dates back to the Swabian age and it was in fashion during the Aragonese Age.
Then during the half of the XVII century, the lack and the negligence of the knights compelled the city to leave off doing the joust,which took place twice a year. In 1995, luckily, the Joust came back with great success, and in addition to the traditional Joust it was introduced a European Joust with many knights coming from several European Countries. (move)

More info:
- Hotel Bellariva (Pescara)

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