San Parteo Church

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San Parteo Church near Lucciana

San Parteo Church is a ruined [1]Pisan church in Corsica, dated to the 11th and 12th century. It takes its name from the fifth century San Parteo, a saint of regional renown. It lies near the Roman town of Mariana, about 300 metres (980 ft) to the south of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (La Canonica).[2][3]

Carved lintel

The church is described as having a "grandly sober style".[1]It is built over a pagan cemetery and its lintel is said to be "decorated with a Middle Eastern motif; two lions guarding what is believed to be the Tree of Science in the Garden of Eden.[4]


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  2. ^ The Rough Guide to France. Rough Guides Ltd. 1 April 2011. p. 979. ISBN 978-1-84836-724-1. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Delpal, Jacques Louis (1 January 1985). France: a Phaidon cultural guide : with over 800 color illustrations and 20 pages of maps. Prentice-Hall. p. 221. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Facaros, Dana; Pauls, Michael (15 April 2008). Corsica. New Holland Publishers. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-86011-390-1. Retrieved 27 October 2011.