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Piazza San Pietro a Cascia
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Piazza San Pietro a Cascia

The lovely Romanesque parish church of San Pietro hosts the “San Giovenale Triptych” by Masaccio

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The San Pietro parish church in Cascia was built by the Countess Matilde di Canossa between the 10th and 11th centuries. The church is perfectly preserved thanks to well-executed restoration work, it is a prime example of Romanesque architecture. The church has an open portico in front of the entrance, the only one remaining in this original form of all the Romanesque churches of the area. To the right stands the large square belltower lined with sandstone, which according to many historians could have been the Conti Guidi “Castelvecchio” tower (7th century) or a Lombard watchtower (6th century).

A visit to the interior is highly recommended, the capitals of the first, third and fifth coloumns on the right side of the church have sculptured heads of animals and humans full of allegorical significance, all typically Romanesque decorative elements Furthermore to the left of the church, in the Sacred Art Museum, can be admired the “San Giovenale Triptych”. This ruined work was rediscovered only in 1961 in the church of San Giovenale for which it was commissioned by the Castellani family. Many historians have considered this work to be Masaccio’s first opera and highly representative of the early renaissance.

 
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