Gothic Portal

Portal of the left flank, fourteenth century, Sanctuary of the Annunziata, Gaeta

Fourteenth-century portal, Santissima Annunziata, Gaeta

The church of the Annunziata in Gaeta dates to the fourteenth century but was restored three centuries later, giving it a mostly Baroque appearance. A portal in the church’s left flank, which opens onto the Via dell’Annunizata, offers a hint of the its original aspect. The inscription on the lintel records the date of the church’s foundation in 1321. Above, in the lunette, is a later fresco depicting the Annunciation.

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2 responses to “Gothic Portal

  1. The stone work amazes me. It’s cemented, isn’t it? I can’t imagine they’d build a drywall church… would they?

    • It’s plaster that has worn away, exposing the stone beneath. I don’t know what kind of stone that is, though. It could be tufa, which is typical of stone buildings around here, but it’s hard to tell from the photo.

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