The Church of Santa Vittoria

The ancient church of Santa Vittoria is located in the historic center of Sarroch, in Piazza Repubblica, near the new parish church, which is accessed via a staircase from the same square. Both are titled to the Virgin and Martyr Victory.

The earliest mention of the martyr dates back to the 6th century. Victory is remembered together in Santa Anatolia on 10 July. Subsequently, the Martirology Romano set December 23 the recurrence of Santa Vittoria. According to the Passion of St. Victory, Anatolia and Victory, two young Roman of noble births, Christian and consecrated to God, they opposed the marriage with two pretenders patricians. The two men then segregated the youth in their own estate in Sabina. A Trebula Mutuesca, today Monteleone Sabino, Vittoria was killed and buried in a cave. On May 1st, at the festival of Sant'Efisio, the simulacrum of the Holy reaches Sarroch to spend the night and leave the next morning in the direction of Nora. During the night the car carrying the simulacrum of the Santo resting at the ancient Mascia house, by the will of first owner Efisio Mascia who in his will he left directions to continue to honor the his vow of hospitality. Today solemn mass is celebrated in the new parish.
HISTORY. The new parish church of Santa Vittoria was built in the Seventies of the Twentieth Century near the oldest. The ancient church of Santa Vittoria has been documented since the first decades of the 18th century century. A series of changes and capture of the Sarroch Municipality in the second half of the twentieth century changed the function, decreeing it use as a Civic Museum. A few years ago it was reconsecrated and brought back to its old use.
PLANT. The ancient parish church of Santa Vittoria presents a simple one longitudinal plant with three aisles, without apse. The new parish also has three aisles. Structures The ancient parish hall is divided by arches sixth on the pillars. The cover is wooden. There facade, built at the end of the eighteenth century, is marked in three parts by pilasters, among which the entrance door opens. Above the latter opens a rose window and two niches. The bell tower overlooking the facade dates back also at the end of the eighteenth century. The new parish church is a modern, demolished building important elements.
LITURGICAL FURNISHINGS. In the ancient parish church there is the altar larger, made by 1744 in polychrome marbles. By the middle of the eighteenth century the beautiful paliotta with floral inlay decorations. At the beginning of the In the 20th century a pulpit, marble, also supported from a pillow and consists of a three-panel case decorated with phytomorphic motifs and a bronze medallion bearing the effigy of Santa Vittoria on the front. Until the 1960s the church was guarded in its interior a marble capitol of Roman age, reworked in the first half of the twelfth century to act as water reservoir, today in the new parish on the left input. The twentieth-century church also houses some silver and some wooden statues from the ancient parish church.
THE AQUEDUCT WITH THE TETRAMORPH. The aqueduct of the ancient parish, today at the entrance of the new, is derived from a marble cape of Roman age, which came in the first half of the twelfth century reworked with the tetramorph. It is supported by a portion Roman columns and carved sculptures the four symbols of the Evangelists: the man of Matthew, the lion of Marco, the bull of Luke, the eagle of John. The sculptor reveals technical-formal ways of Romanesque art.
(Source: "Chiese antiche e moderne lungo la via di Sant'Efisio", Comune di Sarroch, a cura di Roberto Coroneo)
To know more: L'acquasantiera romanica nella parrocchiale di Santa Vittoria

THE FESTIVAL. Every years, in the middle of september, the community of Sarroch celebrate their own patron with civil and religious rites in wich there is a rich schedule of cultural events.








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