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The Church of S. Bartolomeo de Castelaz

The small church of S. Bartolomeo de Castelaz miraculously survived the landslide of the Val di Pula in 1987, and today, is still overlooking the area where the village of S. Antonio Morignone was buried. Founded in the VIII – X century, the church was located along a road axis of great economic and military importance. The toponym Castelaz suggests the presence of even more ancient castle. Half for travelers and wanderers, with its simple architecture being a single room with apse and basin facing east, it reflects a fine theological context: the floor slightly uphill and a disposition which is not perfectly about the axis of the apse recall the ascent to the Calvary and the declination of the head of Jesus on the cross.

Within are three important cycles of frescoes, two of which attributed to the more well-known local authors of fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Cyprian Valorsa and Giovannino Sondalo. Very particular is the ossuary, one of the few still existing in the Valtellina, erected near the old cemetery in 1785.

The Cepina Ossuary

The Cepina Ossuary is close to the Church of S. Maria Assunta, and unique of its kind in the entire Valtellina. The fences are eighteenth century, heavily embellished in iron, and occupy the space between the round arches facing inside that are based on four columns in stone the Vallecetta. There are priceless frescoes that adorn the façade and the walls, sometimes inside as well as outside. Inside there is atabernacle from the sixteenth centuryin marble and astoup (basin of holy water). Also of interest are the gargoyles that protrude from the gutter and reflect the traditional motifs of dragons and fantasy animals.