The crucifix of Manfio

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I am situated on the highlands of the valley of Casarano, locality of Manfio in the territory of Ruffano. The view stretches out towards a wide horizon, with a limpid atmosphere enabling a view of the sea of Gallipoli and marina of Ugento...

I am situated on the highlands of the valley of Casarano, locality of Manfio in the territory of Ruffano. The view stretches out towards a wide horizon, with a limpid atmosphere enabling a view of the sea of Gallipoli and marina of Ugento.
Something surprising about me, is a particular chapter with three grotesque faces with open mouths and big slanting eyes, probably from the medieval period. There was a time when the friars would directly descend to the worship places of where they stayed, nowadays these places are partially ruined. My entrance is at the bottom of a rocky stairway.
The main decorative element and probably most fascinating is found on the back wall, sunken with niches: the fresco of a Crucifix. Dated to the 13th century, it is a mixture of a sculpture and painting, almost a unique piece of medieval art in Salento: a painting of christus patiens (dead Christ) its style seems to have Byzantine features, with the body made on top of stone. During early 16th century, a part of the fresco was lightly covered with plaster that had side paintings of Virgin Mary, Saint John and at the feet, Mary Magdalene.

Latitudine 39°59'38.46"N
Longitudine 18°11'48.54"E

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