TAGLIACOZZO

Risen on the slopes of Monte Bove, few kilometres from Lazio region, Tagliacozzo is a medieval village built up under Franchi's dominion and Saracens' invasions (IX sec.).
Passed to the de Pontibus family, Tagliacozzo was theatre of one of the most important battles for the European history of the Middle Ages: the crash between Corradino di Svevia, of the Svevian dinasty, and Carl Anjous of the French kingdom. Battle that saw prevailing the last ones with the consequent distruction of the Svevian Empire. Corradino, brought to Naples, was executed in the public public square. The episode is made famous also by a passage inside the Divine Commedia by Dante Alighieri.
The fief passed then in the hands of the Orsini who held it until 1497, year in which the Pope yielded it to the Colonna who managed it until 1806. It passed then to the Reign of Naples and finally it was annexed to Italy, even if with some resistance due to its faith in the papal state.

Among the religious buildings to visit we mention the Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano, dating back to the VIII century, in Romanesque style; the Church of Sant'Antonio Abate (first half of '400); the Sanctuary of Maria Santissima dell'Oriente (XIV sec.), that guards an image of the Vergin escaped to the iconoclasty fury of Lion III Isaurico; the Church of San Francesco, that accommodates the tomb of the first biographer of S.Francesco: blessed Tommaso da Celano.
During the first half of '300, under the management of Orsini family, in Tagliacozzo it was built up the Palazzo Ducale, embellished with mullioned windows, stairs and frescoes in the inner rooms representing the life of Christ.

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