PHOTO of Lupara [CB] – Italy

When I came to this village, many people greeted me as if they had arrived in a small host village. The road that passes through this town is unique: it enters and exits the main square, almost as if one entered the residential heart even for a moment.

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Lupara is an Italian town of about 450 inhabitants in the province of Campobasso, in Molise. It stands on a hill that slopes to the left of the Biferno river, at 505 M a.s.l.

At the beginning of the year 1000 the town was called Luparia. The most obvious interpretation of this denomination traces the name to the strong presence of wolves in the countryside. Another hypothesis traces the etymology to the name of a herb (called “luparia”), and finally a third hypothesis traces the name to “Lup-erc-aria”, from the pagan rite in honor of the god Luperco.

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Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Located in Via del Tempio (which certainly takes its name from the presence of ancient religious settlements prior to the current structure), in the upper part of the town together with the remains of the ancient castle. Of uncertain dating, we know that its consecration took place on May 20, 1694 thanks to a plaque placed at the entrance of the building. Thanks to documents we know that the church had a single nave until 1734, the year in which the two aisles were added, completed in 1853. It is accessed via a double staircase that ends with a balustrade. The structure is completely built in stone and has three portals on the facade, corresponding to the three naves.

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Church of San Nicola

Renovated after the 2002 earthquake, the church is located in the main square of the town. It has now become a chapel even though it was once the first church in the country. It is the seat of the Congrega del SS. Rosary. Masciotta, in his writings, believes that it even precedes the mother church, having undergone numerous changes over the course of history.

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