Castel Sant'Elia

Castel Sant'Elia (locally Castello) 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.

Castel Sant'Elia
Comune di Castel Sant'Elia
Ciborium in the Basilica of Sant'Elia.
Coat of arms of Castel Sant'Elia
Location of Castel Sant'Elia
Castel Sant'Elia is located in Italy
Castel Sant'Elia
Castel Sant'Elia
Location of Castel Sant'Elia in Italy
Castel Sant'Elia is located in Lazio
Castel Sant'Elia
Castel Sant'Elia
Castel Sant'Elia (Lazio)
Coordinates: 42°15′N 12°22′E / 42.250°N 12.367°E / 42.250; 12.367
ProvinceViterbo (VT)
 • MayorVincenzo Girolami
 • Total23.92 km2 (9.24 sq mi)
210 m (690 ft)
 (30 June 2017)[2]
 • Total2,629
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0761
Patron saintSt. Anastasius and St. Nonnosus
Saint day03 September
WebsiteOfficial website

Main sightsEdit

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. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Population data from Istat

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