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The Church is characterized by a Basilican design, with three aisles divided by big quadrangular pillars, with three apse, while the lateral walls have a succession of shallow niches of irregular shape...
The Church is characterized by a Basilican design, with three aisles divided by big quadrangular pillars, with three apse, while the lateral walls have a succession of shallow niches of irregular shape. Another peculiar aspect is the presence, on the inside and immediately outside the church of one or more tombs, showing both its explicitly funerary function and its private dimension.
The Church was dedicated to S. Stefano (Saint Stephen), as emerges from reading one of the numerous inscriptions painted next to the images of the donars: it is about the image of a member of the clergy, Giorgio, kneeling at the feet of the image of Virgin Mary and child, painted on the faces of the third pillar on the left from the entrance in the crypt.
The pictorial decoration, partially conserved, shows various phases, from the late 10th century to the end of the 11th century and covers the walls, the niches and the faces of the pillars: the central apse belongs to this period as well as most of the other images, that where painted over the previous decoration on the central apse, on the walls and on the pillars.