Address: Località Madonna delle Grazie, Introdacqua

Hours: Only on May 31 and June 2, for Mass

Description

Built around the 15th century the church is located about 500 metres away from the village in the Valley of Sant’Antonio.  It was in good condition until 1840 when a terrible flood caused irreparable damage to the building, which had already suffered from previous and frequent flooding. Despite the demands of the people, who were loyal to the church and who wanted to restore it, it was finally determined that a new church should be built on the esplanade near the hill, where we can still see the ruins of the old church of St. Thomas Aquinas. And so, reusing the material from the old church, there arose the new church of Santa Maria delle Grazie which is of modest size.

Exterior

The church has a rectangular floor plan surrounded by walls reinforced at the sides by two shallow buttresses and large sections of cement mortar consolidation. In the middle of the recently plastered facade, there is a stone portal, with classic lines and an architrave cornice, at whose sides are two square windows closed by railings with an oval opening above. On the front there are delicate pilasters which lack their lateral edges. The church is gabled at the top and there is a small bell tower with a single arch and a sloping roof. Inside there is a bronze bell. At the end of the building, there are signs of the infill of a large round arch, which originally entered into a larger space but was then removed, perhaps because of the collapse of the entire presbytery which is no longer there. The church, in fact, judging from the differences in proportion between the front and the considerably shorter side walls, would seem to have undergone a significant reduction in size over time.

Interior

Completely remodelled by the restoration, the interior has a short length compared to its width. On the back wall behind the altar is a 19th century painting depicting the Virgin and Child in her lap between two Saints. An angel holds a band with the inscription: "Ave Fons Gratiarum".