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Chiesa di San Fermo

Valbelluna

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Chiesa di San Fermo
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Chiesa di San Fermo, San Fermo - 32100 Belluno (BL) IT

The Church of San Fermo, one of the jewels of Valbelluna, stands on a hill that acts as a watershed between Sedico and Socchieva, towards the Piave. The imposing building, in the middle of a small village, in the past pulsated with strong devotion and attention. The faithful, putting their head inside the stone niche under the left side altar, concentrated in prayer thanks to a natural background: according to an oral tradition, the noise that could be heard from this position came from a very close underground water source.

The Church was enlarged starting from 1624, on the remains of a previous building of reduced dimensions dating back to the sixth century, and shows externally the signs of the time, such as infill, tampering and addition of decorations. Consecrated in 1672, it was enriched with most of the works of art in the nineteenth century, under the rectory of Giuseppe Zuliani (1808-1846), who selected important paintings and furnishings by Napoleonic soldiers, from the churches that Napoleon closed.

To make the Church famous are two pluteus dating back to the initial structure, externally walled, early Christian, wooden altars seventeenth century, works on canvas by Francesco Frigimelica and important sculptural groups and stalls of Andrea Brustolon. We also remember - in cornu Epistolae - an interesting and rare example of Madonna dressed, called "of the spasms" and, on the left, above the shrine containing the relic of the Saint, the gilded wooden statue representing San Fermo, recently attributed to Matteo Cesa (1500 ca.)an object of devotion which, until 1996, was carried in procession.

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