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in Vincoli
San Pietro extra moenia
San Pietro in Vincoli
Antonio de Blasio

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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 is still in a good condition, though, due to the isolated location, it is covered with graffiti.

Here, under a wonderful peacock, Antonio de Blasio left is "signature"

Jordi Bort, Sonja have particularly liked this photo

A beautiful carving, it's likely about vanity being bad, therefore the pretty bird sits on a ruin. Antonio seems not to have thought of that irony when leaving his name for later generations... ;o)
2 years ago.
Jordi Bort
Jordi Bort
Impressive carving, showing this very nice peacock, while it cares of itself, eating some grapes.
2 years ago.