Built over Roman and early Christian ruins between the 9th and 13th centuries, the church is part of a rural complex of farmhouses located between acequias and canals. Restoration work carried out in 1996 was followed by a conservative intervention to update the church's systems. This was completed in 2004. The church looks old and bare: few traces remain of the fresco display that once embellished the walls. The new lighting system, consisting of naked halogen bulbs that emit omnidirectional light and which are mounted transversally across the nave on supporting power cables, follows the direction of the ceiling trusses. This minimal intervention succeeded in filling the space with bright light.


St. Maria Rossa Church
General indoor lighting

Photo: P. Castiglioni