Discover a new cave Church
The discovery was made by Angelo Fontana and Raffaele Paduraru. This would be “San Pietro Dei Morrone”
Matera Unprecedented discovery of a previously unknown place of worship, place in the heart of rione "Civita" of Matera: It is a medieval rock-hewn church with frescoes dating back to the XIII-XIV century.
The discovery was made by two young Matera; Angelo Fontana, Rock civilization scholar enthusiast with regional tourist guide qualification and Dr. Raffaele Paduraru, Cultural heritage operator, that has addressed the issue of the Rock-Hewn Churches in the publication "Eleonora Bracco – archaeologist".
The two researchers have embarked on a ’ study based on research and consultations of archival sources for historical recognition to be given to the site.
From their work emerged the probable naming of Rupestrian Church may be that of SAN PIETRO DEI MORRONE; It was dedicated to Pope Celestine V, who abdicated in 1294 to return to lead a hermit's life and who was canonized Saint seven hundred years ago, il 5 May 1313.
Angevin period, the Constable Angelo De Berardis in his testament of 1318 the reports between the parishes of Matera.
From a pastoral visit of 1623 is still active; nel 1774 Canon Belisario Torricella the shows "…not far from this, and exactly in the middle of the paved climb, and publica road, that leads to the venerable Saint Lucia at a convent of the Benedictine v ’ was a church façade of fabrica only glue called from multiple centuries, and with corrupt language Santo Pituddo, today, and for many years you see reduced in Cellar, What Santo, Tuscan language, sona S. Pedrino. …”
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The Circolo Culturale la Scaletta "Churchs and rock asceteri" 1995, the quotes from the reports of other churches don't found but tweaks mentioned in the scrolls of Giustino Fortunato from which we learn the name of "SAN PIETRO DE MORRONIBUS or of MORVONI".
In 1861 was already home and in 1960 murata was displaced and following the law of De Gasperi 1952.
Angelo Fontana and Raffaele Paduraru during relief operations have found a valuable plan fresco depicting the new face of a Bearded Saint, with details similar to l ’ fresco of San Giacomo Maggiore is preserved in the Church of San Giovanni in Monterrone. On other walls are obvious other traces of frescoes, including those relating to Madonna in Adoration of the ’ Act ’.
They finally declared that they want to publish soon further information; for now we wanted to report the discovery especially to protect a site abandoned but it deserves a proper rehabilitation and enhancement.