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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!
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The Abbey of Santa Croce with the Starbucks Logo

The Abbey of Santa Croce with the Starbucks Logo | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Abbey of Santa Croce, which lays just outside the little town of Sassoferrato (Ancona). It was built in the late XII century from the Atti family from Sassoferrato in favor of the Camaldolesi’s monks. On the outside wall, next to the entrance, you can clearly see a Templar cross. [...]

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Just outside the town of Sassoferrato, there is the Abbey of Santa Croce (the Abbey of the Holy Cross), the Romanesque building is among the most mysterious of Le Marche. The building shows the ancient symbol of the god Mithras and to see the Templar influences must note the capitals, where a particular monster is depicted: the mermaid with two tails. Yes, the same used as logo by the Starbucks Coffee Chain. The mermaid with two tails is often depicted in Templar buildings, it is also known as "Melusine" a fairy from whom they said to descend the Merovingians and Plantagenets. Melusine is also a deity linked to the Mother Goddess.
Another sign of the Templar origin is the alternation of black and white stone of some columns, symbols of good and evil struggling in the Universe and the plan of the church, a Greek cross, like the Templars cross on the walls.

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Merry Christmas to all le Marche Lovers

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Madonna and Child 
Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Il Sassoferrato (Italian, 1605-1685)
Sassoferrato was a Roman Baroque painter who is perhaps best known for his many luminous and pious images of the Virgin. The Madonna and Child with  shows Mary cradling the sleeping Christ Child tenderly in her arms.  With his rosy cheeks and plump arms and legs, the Christ Child appears as a typical, healthy baby. Mary is shown as a radiant young mother. This image endows the Virgin and Child with human qualities and celebrates the natural maternal bond between mother and infant. This bond is emphasized by the manner in which Mary embraces Jesus, resting her cheek on his head. 

The rich, warm golds and pinks, and the soothing blue of Mary's shawl lend peace and tranquillity to the composition. Sassoferrato's clean, crisp lines, exemplified by the finely executed folds of drapery, reveal his command of classical Baroque painting techniques. This painstaking craftsmanship contributed to his renown. 

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... because Christmas is the Celebration of Motherhood

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James Martin guides you to the discovery of the Abbey of Santa Croce in Sassoferrato

James Martin guides you to the discovery of the Abbey of Santa Croce in Sassoferrato | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sassoferrato is quite a place. There are lots of things to see and do in the little village in the little-touristed Marche Region of Italy. Just outside Sassoferrato is the Abbey of Santa Croce, only one of the 18 of the Ancona province and one of the remaining 56 of Le Marche Region

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Soon closed the Monastery of Sassoferrato Friars of the Franciscans of the Immaculata in the Marches

Soon closed the Monastery of Sassoferrato Friars of the Franciscans of the Immaculata in the Marches | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Monastery of Sassoferrato in the Marches had been abandoned by the Franciscan Order for lack of growth. The Franciscans of the Immaculate revived the monastery a few years ago new as they are ever thus also known for taking over abandoned monasteries of other orders because of their numerous vocations and bringing them to new life. At last count the convent of Sassoferrato has 60 brothers.
The Apostolic Commissioner Father Fidenzio Volpi being used by Rome, has now dissolved the monastery. The same fate will be met this week by the monastery of Colfano also a friary abandoned by the Franciscan Order in the Marches, which was founded during the lifetime of St. Francis of Assisi.[...]

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Sassoferrato and the Piccola Grande Italia Festival of little Municipalities

Sassoferrato and the Piccola Grande Italia Festival of little Municipalities | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sassoferrato, 8000 people. Surely, this town will have a bar, a church, a woman who weaves on Sunday…

But no! There are 12 churches full of frescoes and fantastic art, a monastery called Santuario Madonna del Cerro, an abbey, a castle, and a very important archaeological site called Sentinum, which sits along the ancient Via Flaminia road system, not to mention quite a few museums, from art to archaeology to ethnography.

Things you might never get to see will be open to you during the Piccola Grande Italia festival on June 2, 2012. If I were you I’d go to Sassoferrato. There are some incredible treasures there, besides the ones I’ve pictured here (a scene from the Abbey and a mosaic from the archaeological museum).

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