St. Proculus Church

Naturno, Italy

The small St Proculus church near Naturno is undoubtedly a historical treasure. It dates back to the 7th century AD and features the probably most ancient frescos of the German speaking area and the most complete early fresco cycle of Tyrol. Furthermore there are some Gothic frescoes from the 14th century.

The building itself has been established between 630 and 650 AD. The age of the oldest pre-Carolingian frescoes, however, is rather contested, new datings refer to the period of time between the 7th and 10th century. The most famous fresco shows a man on a swing, probably St Proculus himself.

Only a stone’s throw from the chapel, there is also the Proculus Museum, which has been inaugurated in 2006. The museum is allocated subterraneously and takes visitors into 1,500 years of history of the area around Naturno. Four time-space showrooms take you across late antiquity, Middle Ages and early modern times. Moreover in the museum you can admire the Gothic frescoes which have been taken down from the walls of the St Proculus church.



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Founded: 630-650 AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Karlheinz Hitzler (19 months ago)
Sehr schönes altes Kirchlein, der Kirchen Führer ist einsame Spitze, aber man bedenke immer, man ist an einem heiligen Ort
Elmar Dollinger (3 years ago)
Für kirchen- und kunstgeschichtlich Interessiert ein absolutes Highlight!
Martin Stacherl (3 years ago)
St. Prokulus ist jedenfalls einen Besuch wert. Unbedingt auch das Museum besuchen. Es bietet eine ausgezeichnete Aufarbeitung der Geschichte von St. Prokulus.
Arndt C. Mützel (3 years ago)
Kleine Kirche aus dem 8. Jahrhundert mit den ersten Fresken Europas, bei denen man bislang noch nicht weiß, warum der Putz aus Kalk und Sand die Farben der Fresken so lange hat halten können.
Michael Bechinie (4 years ago)
Very nice and important cultural heritage, with frescos from the 7/8th century. Info: church is closed between 12:30 and 14:30 (as of August 2016).
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