Tarchna, Corneto, Tarquinia

The Tarquinia territory, one of the vastest in Italy, stretches from the shadowy woods of Viterbo all the way to the sunny beaches of the Tyrrhenian coast.
Throughout the centuries this land provided food and shelter to numerous peoples.
The present-day Tarquinia, with its pulsing vitality and in full expansion, is the living aspect of a constellation of other cities that died silently and whose traces can still be seen. In summer you can sunbathe on the local beaches and swim in the calm waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, but in any season you can enjoy the coast, the countryside, the woods. The city has a lot to offer at any time of the year.

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San Pancrazio church

The precise date of construction of this church is not known, yet the coexistence of both Romanesque and Gothic elements places the edifice between the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 13th centuries. During the 17th century the structure underwent many modifications, remaining religiously active until the beginning of the 1900s. It was then abandoned until the 1950s, when it was completely renovated and has since served as a lovely venue for cultural events including art exhibitions, conferences and concerts (The Auditorium). The elegant portal of the facade is particularly noteworthy and is adorned with pointed arches consisting of various concentric elements, some being rounded and others squared. The arches are supported by two bands of pilasters and small columns. The cornice of the doorway is decorated with a multi-coloured Cosmatesque inlay. The bell tower was added in the succeeding era and it breaks the line of the facade on the left side of the church. It features two styles of windows with rounded arches on both sides of the tower, of which the crested cusps are particularly noteworthy. Another poignant architectural delight is the kiosk situated to the left of the tower with a pointed arch, decorated with a broken cord motif, indicative of the Norman architectural style. The interior of the church features a single nave, subdivided into two bays, originally both with vaulted ceilings. The current roof remains vaulted but only above the presbytery – slightly raised with respect to the remainder of the church, which is now covered with a wooden roof.

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