Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Rivodutri: The Mysterious Alchemic Gate
Rivodutri’s ancient origins are steeped in legend. It is cited in documents starting from the 13th century. After becoming a free municipality, it entered into the influential sphere of Rieti. In 1375 the town offered exile to the Guelph refugees fleeing from Rieti where the Ghibellines dominated. Mercenary soldiers from Rieti attacked the castle and occupied it. In 1439, Rivodutri was razed to the ground by order of Cardinal Vitelleschi but reconstruction began immediately in 1440. The so-called Alchemic Gate, or Sacred Gate, rises in the heart of the town surrounded by winding streets and alleyways. This gate is enriched by various bas-reliefs with symbolic meanings.


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