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Armenians on the Via Francigena: Armenian and Latin Sources on the Origins of the Armenian Community of Orvieto (Urbs Vetus)

Armenian and Latin Sources on the Origins of the Armenian Community of Orvieto (Urbs Vetus)

Stephanie Pambakian    University Saint Andrews, UK; Université de Genève, Suisse    

Lidia Zanetti Domingues    Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London    

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abstract

An Armenian religious community settled in Orvieto in the 13th century and founded the church and hospice of Santo Spirito, where they provided hospitality to pilgrims on the Via Francigena. Archaeological traces of their presence include a travertine gate with a trilingual inscription, reused in the church of San Domenico (Orvieto), the remains of the church of Santo Spirito, and art pieces removed from the latter. Contemporary Latin documents and an analysis of the historical context suggest that the Armenian presence was well-received by the lay and clerical authorities, and even held as prestigious.

Published
Oct. 22, 2020
Accepted
April 14, 2020
Submitted
March 10, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-454-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-453-0

Keywords: Armenian communities in ItalyMonastery of Santo Spirito13th-century UmbriaVia FrancigenaSan Domenico in OrvietoArmenian EpigraphyLatin Epigraphy

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