Rupestrian Church of Santa Marina

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In the 19th century, Cosimo De Giorgi, travelling through the province of Lecce made note of me in his Travel Images bringing to notice the modernization I sustained over the years.
Giacomo Arditi instead thought I was a “grancìa” of the Carmelitan Convent...

In the 19th century, Cosimo De Giorgi, travelling through the province of Lecce made note of me in his Travel Images bringing to notice the modernization I sustained over the years.
Giacomo Arditi instead thought I was a “grancìa” of the Carmelitan Convent, whose presence can be verified in Miggiano. The term has french origin granche (granary) and was used by some monastic orders to identify their farms.
According to oral tradition, the area in which I am found is actually called Cumentu, because somewhere here, in 1538, the friars of the Carmelitan Order built a convent named after Our Lady of Grace.
I am found under the same chapel of Santa Marina, whose original building dates to the 14th century.
It is accessed by an opening placed on the side of the Church sub divo, through a stone staircase dug in the wall.
Over time, I under went a series of restorations, the most important was done to use me as a charnel house for a cemetery next to me.
I consist of 3 rooms: a kind of rectangular room, connected to the outside by a recent flight of steps, a hallway that leads to a small trapezoidal room and another semicircular room, that probably served as an apse.
In the structure there are step-sits and niches.
The frescoes are part of a decorative programme that range from the 6th to 14th century, except from the much later one of Santa Marina, found in a niche at the front door. The figure holds a hammer and a blade, symbol of martyrdom, in a painting that also depicts an angel in a praying position, a dragon and the Church named after it.

Latitudine 39°57'51.13"N
Longitudine 18°18'21.84"E

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