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Church

The Castello di Altomonte is located at the top of the town of Altomonte and close to the our Lady of Consolation Church that can be reached on foot with a pleasant and charming walk.

The church is one of the most interesting examples of Angevin architecture in the region. Filippo Sangineto, the first count of Altomonte, decided to build it in 1336 or so, on a previous Norman building dedicated to Saint Mary of Franchis. It was later rebuilt by the Sanseverino family and succeeded by the Sangineto family.

Inside the church is the funerary monument of the Sangineto family, the pavement grave of Cobella Ruffo and the tomb of the unknown knight.

Additional works of fine workmanship are, on the left wall, a fresco of a saint, which was part, in all likelihood, of a larger cycle, improperly called the Lady of Consolation, and, leaning against the walls of the presbytery, a choir in wood of 37 stalls.

Adjacent to the church is the former convent of the Dominicans, now the Civic Museum of Altomonte.