SANTA MARIA PRIMERANA

This oratory is perfectly aligned with the Town Hall or Praetorian Palace. It appears to date back to the 10th Century; its position atop a podium (stilobate) dominating the piazza, with a classic pillar in pietra serena lodged in its north wall, and the recent discovery of a part of the east-west road alongside, however, indicate its construction on top of a temple from the Roman era. The nearby discovery of sepulchres from the Longobard era point to a presence in palaeo-Christian times. The artistic image of the Virgin Mary in line with ancient tradition attributes it to St. Luke and it is the oldest sign of veneration of the Madonna in the Diocese of Fiesole (whence, perhaps, originates the attribution of “Primerana”).

 

Piazza Mino, 27

 

Free entry