Churches of Sperlonga

The Church of Santa Maria di Sperlongca

In the heart of the old town is the former church of Santa Maria di Spelonca, dating from the early 12th century.  It is known by the locals as Sancta Mariae de Sperlonche. The religious building was badly damaged in the bombing during the Second World War, however, it has recently undergone extensive renovation.  It is no longer serves as a church but is now used for exhibitions, cultural events and performances. During the restoration work some wonderful 12th century mosaics were revealed.  The church contained several chapels including one dedicated to San Domenico, and the 18th century Chapel of the Presepe dedicated to the patron saint of Sperlonga, San Leone Magno.

Door of the Ex Church Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Piazzetta Della Concordia in Sperlonga Italy
Fresco on the Ceiling in Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Chapel in Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Altar of the Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Fresco in the Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Fresco in the Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Fresco in the Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Detail of the Plasterwork in Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy
Ex Church of Santa Maria di Spelonca in Sperlonga Italy

The Chapel of San Rocco

In lower Sperlonga there is a lovely little chapel named La Capella di San Rocco (Extra Mura) which would have been situated outside the town walls.

Chapel of San Rocco Extra Mura in Sperlonga Italy
Altar of Chapel of San Rocco Extra Mura Sperlonga South Lazio Italy
Illuminated Chapel of San Rocco Sperlonga Italy
Inside the Chapel of San Rocco Sperlonga South Lazio Italy
Altar of the Chapel of San Rocco in Sperlonga Italy
Church of San Rocco of Sperlonga South Lazio Italy
San Rocco Patron Saint of Sperlonga Italy
San Rocco Patron Saint of Sperlonga Latium Italy

There are several little shrines in the old quarter of Sperlonga.

Religious Shrine to the Madonna in Sperlonga Italy
Holy Shrine to the Madonna in Sperlonga Italy
Religious Shrine With Flowers in Sperlonga Italy
Wayside Shrine in Sperlonga South Lazio Italy

In the higher section of the town there is an abandoned monastery.

Old Monastery in Sperlonga Italy
Abandoned Monastery in Sperlonga Italy
Abandoned Monastery in Sperlonga Italy

Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo

Nearby in Piazza Europa stands the newer church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo. This was constructed in 1964 to replace the one in the old centre of Sperlonga that was destroyed during WWII. The building has a progressive design, the interior is spacious and light and decorated with colourful stained glass windows. Behind the altar is a tall mosaic in a modern style.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo in Sperlonga Italy
Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo in Sperlonga Italy
Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo in Sperlonga Italy

The Townhall or Comune of Sperlonga

Also in the spacious Piazza Europa stands the Town Hall or Comune di Sperlonga.

Town Hall Piazza Europa in Sperlonga in Italy
The Comune or Town Hall Piazza Europa in Sperlonga in Italy
Coat of Arms of Sperlonga Italy

The War Memorial in Sperlonga

War Memorial in Sperlonga Italy
War Memorial in Sperlonga Italy
War Memorial in Sperlonga Italy
War Memorial in Sperlonga Italy