Monterano is an abandoned ancient village located in the northern part of Lazio, in Italy.

It has been the set for hundreds movies such as Ladyhawke (1985) or Ben-Hur (1959).

These ruins are the rest of a fire that bursted in 1799.

St. Bonaventura’s facade was a Baroque masterpiece and it has been copied on lots of other churches all over Italy.

The octagonal fountain is a reproduction of a Bernini’s work.

The original has been moved and nowadays it lays in front of the Town Hill in Canale Monterano (the modern village, a few miles away from these ruins).

An odd fact, when you are still far away from the church it seems that the fountain is set aside but it is right in front of it.

There were some genious architects at that time who liked to play with perspective.

St. Assumpted Mary's Church (XIII-XVII century)

St. Assumpted Mary’s Church (XIII-XVII century)

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  1. I knew that I should wait for you to post first. So many things I didn’t know! About the fountain, for example. I thought they were both original! 😀 And I didn’t know about the fire, and about the perspective. How interesting! I love your ruins photos, especially the one with the circle on top. <3 And so many more are just wonderful. We had such a great trip!! To many more! And to the bloggers’ meeting! 😉

    1. You already know the pictures I love the most among yours… So I can only say that this stuff was written on the signs we have crossed. I have made shots of them as well because you know I have a terrible memory🤦🏻‍♀️😅

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