Amatrice: artistic and landsacape heritage
Amatrice, in the Lazio Region, was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on August 24th. Unfortunately there are hundreds of victims and ruins everywhere. With grief we want to remember its huge heritage to be saved.
In Amatrice was invented the most famous Italian dish, the “spaghetti all’amatriciana”, whose festival was to take place this weekend.
Amatrice is also known for its artistic and landscape inestimable heritage. The city is very old, already inhabited in pre-Roman time beecause is close to the ancient Via Salaria.
Amatrice is first of all the city of hundred churches. The most famous buildings are the Church of Saint Francesco and the Church of St. Augustine in the city center, heavily affected by the earthquake.
The church of Saint Francesco was built in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century. The exterior has an elegant rose window and a beautiful Gothic gate in white travertine. Near the ancient walls is St. Augustine, a Romanesque-Gothic sandstone building of the eighteenth century.
In the suburbs of Amatrice, in Rocchetta, there is The Church of the “Madonna di Filetta”, dedicated to the Virgin Mary in memory of a miraculous event and marvelously frescoed. The Madonna di Filetta has become the patron saint of Amatrice. Another pearl of sacred art is the “Sanctuary of Icon Passatora”, in the suburbs of Amatrice, adorned with numerous frescoes.
The symbol of Amatrice is Nicola Filotesio, better known as Cola of Amatrice, a painter, architect and sculptor of the sixteenth century, probably a pupil of the famous Italian painter Raffaello. Dedicated to him is the museum hosted in the Church of St. Emidio. The works of Cola of Amatrice are fortunately safe because the most part of them had already been taken in Ascoli Piceno before the earthquake. The bronze statue representing the artist, symbol of the city, has instead collapsed in the earthquake.
Amatrice has not only a magnificent artistic heritage, but also a wonderful landscape. The “Track of the old Romanella” led from Amatrice to the “Via Salaria”. Walkable from the city center, it is a beautiful track along the Laga Mountains which reaches the lake Scandarello. Amatrice is the Lazio side of the National Park of Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains. Just in Amatrice, near the Church of St. Augustine, there is the Miniature Park, tourist and environmental path that gives tourists a representation of the Gran Sasso Park.
We hope that Amatrice can be rebuilt as soon as possible according to safety standards and that its heritage can be restored and preserved.