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The town of Cascia is situated at 563 meters above sea level near the Corno river. Cascia is the town of Santa Rita and it is a medieval village that grew up around an ancient castle in the Corno valley. Although much of the original settlement has been changed or has disappeared altogether over the last few decades, some fine medieval churches have remained to give us an idea of how the city looked at one time. Examples include the church of San Francesco (1424) and the church of San Antonio Abate, which houses two fresco cycles dating from the 15th c. The modern Sanctuary of Santa Rita dedicated to Rita Mancini (born in Roccaporena in 1328) was built in 1937–47.
The saint died in 1457 in the adjoining monastery, which has remained almost intact. The Collegiate church of St. Mary is one of the city's oldest buildings: its origins go back to longobard times, even if it has been notably modified because of damage caused by subsequent earthquakes. You'll find impressive works of art in the inside, such as a wooden Cross of the 15th century. The church of St. Augustine also dated back to the Gothic era; inside, it contains stupendous examples of frescoes of the Umbrian and Perugian schools.
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