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Santa Maria ad cryptas - Fossa (AQ)

History

The church of Santa Maria ad Cryptas is located, like many other Abruzzo churches, in an isolated place, about one kilometer from the town of Fossa and a few kilometers from the abbey of Santo Spirito ad Ocre, of which it was an addiction for a certain period.
Probably it stands on a place already dedicated to the cult of the goddess Vesta, the cult of the female divinity has been transformed, over the centuries, into the Marian one.
The first building was built, probably in the 9th or 10th century AD. according to the canons of Roman-Byzantine architecture.
On this structure, in the thirteenth century, a new religious building was erected in the Gothic-Cistercian style, by Benedictine workers. An earthquake in 1313 caused the collapse of the left wall and damage to the roof, rebuilt with trusses while the original was at times. On that occasion, a reinforcement downstream was built, by means of a counterthrust wall buried along the entire side and two support pillars in ashlar travertine, and the new portal was opened. The temple was then further renovated and restored over the following centuries, yet today it presents itself according to the original thirteenth-century characters.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18994 W: 130 N: 40109] (214029)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2021-08-21
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  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-11 0:29
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