San Pietro Caveoso

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San Pietro Caveoso
Matera - Chiesa di San Pietro caveoso.JPG
AffiliationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
LocationMatera, Basilicata Italy

San Pietro Caveoso, also known as "Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church" is a Catholic worship place situated in the Sassi of Matera.

The front is in baroque style and presents three portals. Over each portal there is a niche with statues. They show the "Madonna of the mercy", "Saint Peter" (over the left portal) and "Saint Paul" (over the right portal). The side niches are surmounted by two rectangular windows and the central one by two single-lancet windows. There is a rose window and a bell tower with a pyramidal cusp [it] on it.

The central nave ceiling is adorned with pictures of "Jesus and Saint Peter" and "Saint Paul's conversion". The 18th century altar has a wooden polyptych dating back to 1540, painted by an anonymous artist from Matera. The church originally had eight chapels, but the right four were demolished to build the oratory. In the fourth left chapel there is a baptismal font from the 13th century. It is 17.2 m width and 43 m long and has a deep choir.

The church has been recently consolidated, with a project about soil consolidation and general anchorage of the macro-elements of the building, and between the building and the foundation rock.[1]


  1. ^ M. Laterza et al., "Technical and technological qualification of ancient buildings. The case of churches in ‘Sassi di Matera’".

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Coordinates: 40°39′52″N 16°36′46″E / 40.6644°N 16.61265°E / 40.6644; 16.61265