The Santa Maria della Verità Church in Viterbo was built on the occasion of a miraculous event. The building served for years as the seat of a museum but is now used again as a church.
Santa Maria della Verità Church Viterbo
Opening hours and admission
The address of the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Verità is Via Monte Asolone, 1 – 01100 Viterbo (VT). Telephone: +39 0761341844. Opening hours: Unknown. Admission: Free.
History and description
The Santa Maria della Verità Church owes its name to a legend. Three girls were there to pray when the Madonna came to them to say that goodness in life was very important. The story circulated and the bishop, who at first believed nothing of history, continued to question the girls. “It’s the truth” (È la verità), the girls kept repeating.
Highlight of the church is the Cappella Mazzatosta, so called because it was built with the money of the wealthy local businessman Nando Mazzatosta. The frescoes in this chapel are by Lorenzo di Giacomo (alias Lorenzo da Viterbo), who died at the age of 25, without ever having left the city. The paintings depict, successively, “The Message of Mary”, “The Birth of Christ”, the “Annunciation of the Virgin” and the “Wedding of the Virgin”. The characters have the facial features of important figures from Viterbo at the time and are dressed in the typical costume of the time.
The church was used for many years as the seat of the Museo Civico and has only been reopened as a church since 1960. However, the cloister and the rooms in the former monastery itself still serve as a museum.