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Church of St Michele Mondaino

Beautiful Mondaino in Italy

Mondaino is a beautiful historic hillside town just above Rimini with wonderful views out to the Adriatic. The walled medieval centre was highly defended with substantial gates but today the town has expanded well beyond its original centre.

Piazza, Maggiore - Mondaino

View of the Piazza Maggiore

Mondaino is home to the headquarters of the Viscount International business which extends also to San Marino in the north and Ancona in the south. I greatly envy my Italian colleagues who live and work in such delightful surroundings.

Mondaino Pallo

Mondaino

Active summer night life

Viscount P 35 organ

Viscount P 35 organ

On my recent trip to review developments I took a few moments to visit the lovely church of St Michele (pictured at the top of this post) which has just undergone complete refurbishment and on earlier visits was closed.

Needless to say the organ today is a Viscount Positive 35 (pictured right) –  so I needed no time to explore that. My eye was instead drawn to three magnificent marble mosaic alter fronts.

One dates from the 17th century while the other 2 are from the late 18th century. What a joy and craftsmanship. It seems even 200 years ago Mondaino was blessed with people who take a great pride in their work.

You can see the pictures I took of the three alters below to share with you…

Alter, Church of St Michele

17th Century Alter Mosaic

Alter, Church of St Michele

18th Century Alter Mosaic

Alter, Church of St Michele

18th Century Alter mosaic

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I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.

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