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Potenza Picena


Municipality in the province of Macerata, located on a hill at a few kilometers from the Adriatic coast, a place rich in history with its typical medieval features: ancient fortified walls, narrow alleys, elegant buildings and several churches.
The first settlement, known as Sacramento, was built by the Romans on the site where today stands the village of Porto, of which there are few remains, but certainly enough to bear witness to their presence. The town was named for the first time in a document dating from 947, it was proclaimed municipality in the first half of the XII century. In the second half of the XVI century the inhabitants resisted with determination and pride against the Duke of Ferrara, not willing to be incorporated into his fief . At the time the town was known with the name Monte Sacro (Holy Mountain), but after the unification of Italy, it was necessary to avoid confusion with other towns with the same name, so the community decided to abandon the old name and replace it with Potenza (power), for its proximity to the ancient center of Roman origin called "Potentia", to which was added the adjective Piceno, in memory of first tribe populations, that had inhabited the area in prehistoric times.

- the Church of San Giacomo, which features a fine XIV century rose window on the façade. It was rebuilt between the XIX and XX centuries;
- the Collegiate Church of St. Stephen, built in 1585, was enriched by important artworks and furniture;
- the Shrine of St. Girio of the XIII century, which was built in honor of the patron saint;
- the mid XIII century Complex of the existing Church of St. Augustine;
- the Monastery of Poor Clares, already quoted in a text quoted of the first half of the XIII century;
- the Benedictine Monastery, which was probably built in the XIII century;
- the XV century Church of Our Lady of Grace;
- the Church of Santa Maria della Neve;
- the Convent of San Francesco;
- the Civic Tower, built in medieval times and renovated in the first half of the XVIII century and once again in the XIX;
- the Town Hall, originally built in the late XII century, was the residence of the Bishop of Fermo;
- the XIV century Palazzo del Podesta, which was renovated in the XVIII century;
- the historic Municipal Theatre built in the second half of the XIX century;
- the Municipal Historical Archives;
- the Municipal Library;
- the Pinacoteca Civica;
- the medieval gateway entrance Porta Galiziano;
- the Watch Tower of Sant'Anna in Porto Potenza, the remains of a XV century fortress built to protect the center from the raids of the Saracens.


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