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Chiesa di San Pietro Caveoso – Matera
The current appearance of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, popularly known as the church of San Pietro Caveoso and considered, in the past, one of the major religious landmarks of Matera both for the size of the parish, and for the richness of the its assets, dates back to the end of the XIIIth century, while the initial construction dates back to 1218. The Baroque façade is motivated by pilasters that frame the portals and end in acroteria, while the niches contain the statues to the right of San Paolo , to the left of St. Peter's and in the center of the Madonna della Misericordia, symbol of the universal Church, which welcomes under its cloak those who call for protection; to note to the left of the Virgin the supplicants are depicted wearing the caps on the head, according to what happened at the time of the construction of the Church, when there were widespread religious brotherhoods that often included the anonymity of their members.
The cult building has undergone changes and renovations over the centuries with the loss of many of the original construction features. In the seventeenth century the church was totally restored with the current façade and the construction of the bell tower, while the interior was enlarged, the side chapels were added and once a tuff ceiling was replaced to the original wooden trussed ceiling.
In 1752 the church was rededicated by the archbishop Lanfranchi and was still modified: the cusp was added on the bell tower, the inside was covered with stuccos and decorations and a wooden false ceiling was placed under the tufa roof.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15779 W: 130 N: 32721] (184095)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-05-11
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/1.4, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-05-16 0:26
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