The Palace of SS. Annunziata in Sulmona
Today I would like to invite you for a walk along the main street of Sulmona named after the famous Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso who was born in Sulmona. The main tourist attraction in the city is a complex of Renaissance buildings. The most precious architectural monument is the palace of Holy Annunziata (Santissima Annunziata). The palace was built in successive stages from 1415 till the end of 16th century. Adjacent to the building is an elegant baroque church of Holy Annunziata. The two buildings form a monumental evidence of four centuries of Sulmonese art and represent a magnificent synthesis of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles and local artistic tradition.
While looking at the façade of the Annunziata’s palace you will be certainly fascinated by its unusual asymmetric beauty. All three doorways have different size, form and decoration. The most imposing is the first door with a very intricate portal combining columns, carving, sculptures and a fresco (see at the photo). While the third small door is deprived of a portal at all. Moreover, three beautiful Renaissance windows are also very different. The first window with three lights is decorated by fine and rich stone lace. Two other windows are more modest and have two lights. Finely you attention will be attracted by very special small “ghibertesche” sculptures which are situated on the top of seven flat pilasters. You can see two of them in the photo above.