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San Pietro extra moenia
San Pietro in Vincoli
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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 nearly identical carvings. This is a detail from the left post. Here is the "twin brother" of the peasant, seen on the left post. Same dog, same oxes..

Note the many graffiti above them.

Jordi Bort has particularly liked this photo

Jordi Bort
Jordi Bort
I like very much these carvings, especially the peasant working the soil of the field crop with the help of the oxes.
2 years ago.