In the 18th century, the medieval church of San Pietro Caveoso underwent restoration work which completely changed its appearance. At that time the nave was lengthened, a stone vault replaced its wooden roof and a new façade and bell tower were built, to which the spire was later added. The Baroque style stucco work by Monsignor Lanfreschi, who had the vault of the central nave covered by a wooden, painted faux ceiling, dates back to 1756. Inside one can admire the polychrome stone statues of a Madonna and Child by Altobello Persio, from the 16th century, as well as statues of St. Leonard and St. John of Matera. The wooden polyptych on the main altar, depicting a Madonna and Child between Saints Peter and Paul, with the Last Supper at the bottom, was done by an unknown painter in 1540. In the third chapel, which is dedicated to St. Anthony, there are six stone panels by Altobello Persio from 1531, with scenes from the life of the saint, while in the second chapel, dedicated to the Our Lady of the Annunciation, there are frescoes by an unknown artist from the 15th century.

Piazza San Pietro Caveoso 75100 Matera


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