”Madonna della Coelimanna” Crypt

SAC-B-054

I am found on one of the slopes of the Serra of Supersano, currently inside the municipal cemetery.
Like other rupestrian churchs, I was carved into the limestone of Salento and over the centuries, the nude walls were painted with murals.
The most ancient pictorial cycle that I keep was made...

I am found on one of the slopes of the Serra of Supersano, currently inside the municipal cemetery.
Like other rupestrian churchs, I was carved into the limestone of Salento and over the centuries, the nude walls were painted with murals.
The most ancient pictorial cycle that I keep was made between the end of the 11th century to the first decades of the 12th century. It is a diptych composed of whole images of saints at the right of the entrance: the first is Apostle Andrea whilst the second is known to be of Michael the Syncellus, a saint monarch whose cult is quite rare. In front of the entrance, two pillars and an arch way divide the bema, the sacred side where the alter is positioned from the room for the devotees. Visible on the right pillar is a older figure of the saint-deacon Saint Lawrence or Stephen, wearing a valuable liturgical robe. The frescoes that embellish the left part of the hollow of the crypt, were probably made during the 14th century: Christ on the throne, Saint John the evangelist, a big icon of Saint Nicholas and Saint John the Baptist. The images of the Virgin Mary with child are much older probably from the 16th century and testify to the uninterrupted cult of the Virgin to present date. The northern part presents interesting paintings, a style a bit naif, probably made around the end of the 17th century or during the first decades of the 18th century. An elegant baroque alter makes this part of the hollow almost an autonomous part and in communication with the sanctuary below.

Latitudine 40° 1'14.26"N
Longitudine 18°13'47.30"E

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