Chiesa di San Tommaso Apostolo di Candela

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It is the Church of San Tommaso, built in 1006 by Riccardo and Guerrisio de Candela, at the behest of his father Gemmeto, as a chapel of the Castle of Candela. Over the years, the small church has assumed the title of Parish Castle and is now the oldest church in the country.

The Church has a beautiful stone facade, with changing shades, made simple and clean by the Romanesque style; on the left line of the sloping roof peeps a delicate bell tower sail. The interior has frescoes of the early twentieth century while in the lunettes you can admire frescoes of Franciscan Saints much older. A long central nave leads to the presbytery where the altar stands as the base of a large and exciting seventeenth-century canvas depicting Saint Thomas in the act of touching the side of Christ. Within these walls are also kept the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, the oldest and venerated by candeleses, the protagonist of the procession of Good Friday and the papier-mâché statue of San Vito of the seventeenth century, in addition to the two eighteenth-century statues depicting Saint Francis and Saint Clare.

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