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Castle of Ceselli - Scheggino (PG)
Pontifical castle from the XIII-XIV century on the right bank of the river Nera (317 m). Its name, like that of the nearby villa of Cese in the municipality of Spoleto, probably derives from the Latin "caedere", which means cutting and deforesting. The oral tradition attributes the foundation to the feudatory Cesello, mitigating the early medieval origin of the castle built to defend the fiefdom of San Pietro in Valle, entrusted to the lords of Ceselli, vassals of the dukes of Spoleto. An older settlement stood a little further upstream, there are only a few remains of walls and the ruins of the ancient church dedicated to Sant'Angelo (in the photo), dependent on the plebate of Civitella. The church of San Michele Arcangelo dominates the town, depending too on the plebate of Civitella, built in the XIV century using the polygonal tower of the castle as apse, later transformed into a bell tower. The building has been remodeled and enlarged several times until it assumes the current appearance of a single nave church with side altars. The nineteenth-century arrangement, taking advantage of the pronounced gradient of the square, has emphasized the grandeur of the façade preceded by a staircase

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18830 W: 130 N: 39763] (212725)
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