San Pietro Caveoso

Matera, Italy

San Pietro Caveoso is a Catholic worship place situated in the Sassi of Matera. The front is in baroque style and presents three portals. Over each portal there is a niche with statues. The side niches are surmounted by two rectangular windows and the central one by two single-lancet windows. There is a rose window and a bell tower with a pyramidal cusp on it.

The central nave ceiling is adorned with pictures of 'Jesus and Saint Peter' and 'Saint Paul's conversion'. The 18th century altar has a wooden polyptych dating back to 1540, painted by an anonymous artist from Matera. The church originally had eight chapels, but the right four were demolished to build the oratory. In the fourth left chapel there is a baptismal font from the 13th century. It is 17.2 m width and 43 m long and has a deep choir.

The church has been recently consolidated, with a project about soil consolidation and general anchorage of the macro-elements of the building, and between the building and the foundation rock.



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Category: Religious sites in Italy

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