SUMMER 2001 - Heritage Ezine - Year II, No. 9
Santa Maria ad Cryptas, Fossa, a seemingly simple, bare church that hides one of the greatest treasures of Abruzzese medieval painting
The Gran Conti de' Marsi Berardo, Rainaldo, Oderisio and Teodino, allegedly descended from Charlemagne, were greatly powerful in Abruzzo and Molise from the 10th to the 13th century.
There is no clear-cut separation in Abruzzo between artistic production and craftwork. Unknown craftsmen produced in the centuries wonderful pieces in ironwrought, ceramic, copper, lace, carved wood.
Near Torino di Sangro, amid an holm-oak wood, lies a sanctuary of silent quietness, where thousands of white crosses stand out of green lawns against the blue sky, silent reminders of the horrors of the Last World War.
Thousands of pilgrims every year come to see this almost transparent veil, bearind according to tradition and research, the image of the face of Jesus.
Summer is a right time to eat trout, the healthy, lean fish meat angled from the clearest waters of our rivers.
Among the most precious sources for family history is the Status Animarum which was kept by parish priests. Here an example from Villalfonsina, Province of Chieti.
All the "CapoFuochi" in the Catasto Pre-Onciario of Bussi, Year 1662. The pre-onciario usually lists only the Heads of the families, though it is often possible to infer relationships with other families.
All the "CapoFuochi", in alphabetical order by surname, from Canistro, Province of Aquila, from the original book in the State Archive of Aquila.
All the Heads of Families from Santo Stefano di Sessanio, from the year 1750.
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