Central Area

The dome with the dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, and the glory of the Augustinian saints is by Florentine Luigi Montanarini.

The composition is continuous and goes from the lantern, to the sails, to the masts; it covers an area of about 300 square metres and is painted in true fresco. In the sails, in the middle of groups of angels in multi-coloured clothing, you can see Saint Rita, St. Augustine, St. Clare of Montefalco, St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Blessed Simon of Cascia, St. John of Sahagùn, Blessed Juliana of Cornillon, St. Thomas of Villanova.

On the masts, again in neo-Byzantine style and with bright colours and elongated figures, Montanarini has painted the passing of Saint Rita, her canonisation, the works of St Rita, and the elevation of the Sanctuary to Basilica.

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