MADONNA DELLA MISERICORDIA’S CHURCH
There is no clear recollection about the founding of this Church. It is however to be considered the most ancient medieval construction built in the village of Soriano. Medieval wall remains are still visible today, as well as the narrow, arched, lancet windows on the building’s right wall. During the Renaissance period the Church has undergone an extensive programme of improvements. Also the two doors, the central one and the one opening to the left hand side, belong to that age. It was only during the 17th century that the interiors gained their current baroque appearance. The Church has a rectangular plan and a single aisle. Just in front of the high altar lie two tombs covered with sheets of peperino stone of elliptical shape. Placed onto the high altar, is a painting depicting the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. On the sides, above the doors that give access to the sacristy, one can admire two temperas; one portrays a Pope holding a cross-sitchet (maybe Niccolò III Orsini) and the other portraying a bishop holding a miter with pastoral (maybe Saint Augustine). Two altars appear on both sides. The one on the right is surmounted by a Holy Cross in relief and a particularly noteworthy painting portraying the Virgin with the Child, commonly known as “Madonna della Misericordia”. Above the façade’s entrance door is located a choir stall with a small organ. The Church also treasures a very ancient painting depicting Christ’s last supper.