Castel Sant'Elia

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Castel Sant'Elia
Comune di Castel Sant'Elia
Ciborium in the Basilica of Sant'Elia.
Coat of arms of Castel Sant'Elia
Coat of arms
Castel Sant'Elia is located in Italy
Castel Sant'Elia
Castel Sant'Elia
Location of Castel Sant'Elia in Italy
Coordinates: 42°15′N 12°22′E / 42.250°N 12.367°E / 42.250; 12.367
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Viterbo (VT)
 • Mayor Rodolfo Mazzolini
 • Total 24.0 km2 (9.3 sq mi)
Elevation 210 m (690 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 2,642
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castellesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 01030
Dialing code 0761
Patron saint St. Anastasius and St. Nonnosus
Saint day 03 September
Website Official website

Castel Sant'Elia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Viterbo, Latium, central Italy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Rome and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Viterbo.

Main sights[edit]

Castel Sant'Elia's main attraction is the Basilica of Sant'Elia or Sant'Anastasio, a medieval church built, according to tradition, over an ancient temple of Diana. It dates to the 1120s and is built in tuff with three portals, all sculpted with flowers, animals and monstrous figures. The interior comprises a nave and two aisles, divided by re-used ancient columns. Under the apse is the crypt, housing the tombs of St. Anastasius and St. Nonnosus.

Nearby is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria ad Rupes, housing a tunnel with 144 steps carved by hand by a local hermit, an endeavor that took 14 years.


  1. ^ Population data from Istat

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