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Church of S. Alessandro

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This church is thought to have originated as a small country oratory. It dates back to the 10th or 11th century although it is first mentioned in the mid-13thcentury. The main altar is dedicated to the nativity of the Madonna and along the sides of the single nave there are two altars dedicated to Sant’Alessandro and San Giovanni Battista. Between the 14th and 15th century it seems that the ‘Scuola di S. Maria della Rosa’ – the school of Saint Mary of the Rose – was founded here, and this was a major influence in local parish life. Offerings from patrons led to the construction of the first side chapel at the turn of the 16th century, dedicated to Santa Maria della Rosa (later called the Rosario or Rosary and today the chapel of the Madonna) and expansion work was begun on the church which continued, with decorative work, for a number of centuries under the supervision of the parish priests who acted as spiritual guides in the community.