The Madonna della Consolazione Rupestrian Church

SAC-B-046

Like other places of hypogeum cult being on the Salentino territory, my building is also inserted in the complex system of rupestrian homes that is part of the wide context of rural medieval settlements.
I am very close to the Cito square...

Like other places of hypogeum cult being on the Salentino territory, my building is also inserted in the complex system of rupestrian homes that is part of the wide context of rural medieval settlements.
I am very close to the Cito square.
I have two entrances, the main one is found in Roma Street, it has a facade overlooked by a bell gable and is set between the adjacent homes; the other entrance, is in Monticelli Street, it was probably built after the fall or demolition of one of the three apse and is characterized by a 16th century gateway.
The entrance in Roma street, in the past devoid of the present facade, opened through the floor of the Church of Saint Sofia, overlying the hypogeum which no longer exists but already was indicated during the pastoral visits of the 17th century. A staircase connected the two places of cult.
My original plant has undergone serious transformations in time: the absence of an apse (for the opening in Monticelli Street), of a pillar and the division of the centre apse from the rest of the building.
The space is composed of three aisles, two of which have niche end apses orientated to the east, an orientation that shows an ancient Greek-byzantine liturgical tradition. The aisles are defined with five pillars (originally six) quadrangular with smoothed angles, that define the twelve spans and the liturgical areas.

Latitudine 40° 3'24.11"N
Longitudine 18°19'59.38"E

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