Loquis: San Pietro Ad Centum Muros

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San Pietro Ad Centum Muros

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Published on:  2018-03-07 13:58:00

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Not far from the village, on the road towards Magliano Sabina, visitors can admire the Romanesque church of San Pietro "ad centum Muros", so called because it was built on the ruins of a Roman villa - still visible today both inside and outside the church - a recent restoration allows us to marvel at the underlying structure of the villa, complete with mosaics and fragments of paintings, through a transparent glass floor. Nowadays the church appears asymmetrical, with only the right nave still standing; the previous left-hand nave fell into ruin and the materials were re-used for other buildings. A theory that this was one of the villas belonging to Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, son-in-law of the first Octavian emperor Augustus, is confirmed by fragments of inscriptions on marble found on the site and now mounted in the facade of the former town hall in Piazza Umberto I°, which make reference to this eminent citizen.

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