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Complesso monastico di S. Agostino - MaterarnThe monastic complex of Sant'Agostino dominates the Sasso Barisano from a rocky spur, surrounded by deep chasms. The monks of the order of the Eremitani founded it in 1592, annexing the church dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie. The Augustinians raised the building on an ancient hypogeum dedicated to San Guglielmo dating back to the 11th century. In 1734 a terrible earthquake ruined the entire complex which was restored and became the seat of the General Chapter of the Order of the Augustinians. In 1750 the church was consecrated by Mons. Antonio Antinori. The suppression of the convent saw its premises destined to shelter for troops; subsequently they became the prison headquarters and then a reception for the elderly. Today it is home to the Superintendency for Architectural and Environmental Heritage.rnThe facade is a fine example of late Baroque architecture. It is articulated on two levels and enclosed within paired pilasters, crowned by a mixtilinear tympanum. In the lower part, the portal is surmounted by a niche with the statue of Saint Augustine: the Saint is represented according to traditional iconography, with a long beard and thin face, a miter decorated on his head and a large cloak, while holding the church with the left hand.rnAbove the cornice, there is a niche with the statue of a blessing Holy Bishop and, on both sides, the statues of Saint Paul and Saint Peter that can be connected to the statuary of the Persio family.rnBetween the church and the convent, the limestone bell tower rises, consisting of a parallelepiped with a single lancet window on each face.r

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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/2, 1/1698 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-05-15 1:15
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