Castel Sant'Elia

Castel Sant'Elia
Comune di Castel Sant'Elia

Coat of arms
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

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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