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San Pietro extra moenia
San Pietro in Vincoli
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Spoleto
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deer
snake
in Vincoli


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Spoleto - San Pietro extra moenia

Spoleto - San Pietro extra moenia
The site was once a (probably Roman) cemetery. A church, dedicated to St. Peter existed here already within the 5th century. This was erected by the local Bishop Achilleo, to house the chains that supposedly once had bound St. Peter. The chains are meanwhile back in Rome and can be seen in San Pietro in Vincoli.

"Extra moenia" means, that the church was outside the city walls (= extra muros).

The present church was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. It was severely damaged by the Ghibellines in 1329, but was rebuilt in the following decades. The interior was transformed at the end of the seventeenth century - and so by now is Baroque.

The facade, decorated with all kinds of reliefs, still is in a good condition.

The main door is flanked by two posts, with nearly identical carvings. This is the right one. On the left the deer, biting a snake, has no fawn. The peasant working with two oxes and his dog are on both sides.

Deers are always special animals (St. Hubertus, St. Gilles..)

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Sonja
Sonja
A deer, with horns, having a suckling fawn?

LOL! How said the farmer man in the ditty about the ox and the city slicker vacarioner admiring it's udder? "This will going to be a funny milk!"
22 months ago.
Martin M. Miles - on the road again
Martin M. Miles - on…
An experienced cryptozoologist should have a closer look onto that deer.
22 months ago.