San Pietro Church, Sanluri

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  • Photo Sergio Weeping The medieval church of San Pietro is located outside the city walls that encircled the fortified village of Sanluri, a short distance from the ancient "Portabeddu", now no longer existing. It is currently divided into two naves covered with trued, ending in chapels turned to cruise, dedicated respectively to St. Peter (Chapel Major) and the Virgin of Mercy (chapel on the right). On the left side of the main aisle opens a barrel-vaulted chapel. Dedicated to the crucified Christ. In the simple façade, dominated by a small bell-shaped canopy, whose bells are dated 1577, the two portals of access to the Aisleships open. Above the right portal, an epigraph was inserted attesting the consecration of the church in 1377. The inscription, currently kept inside the building, is in Sardinian language: It is the name of the podestà of the time (Giremeo de Serra) and testifies the existence of Sanluri as autonomous rural commune, because the church was built by the will of the people gathered in Assembly. According to some scholars (including R. Salinas who took charge of the first restorations, in the years ' 50) the church arose in the Romanesque period, presumably in the century. XIII, as a single nave church, and was enlarged in the SEC. XIV adding, on the right side, an aisle of smaller size. This enlargement should go back to 1377, as evidenced by the inscription on the lintel of the entrance. There are those who argue (G. horse) that the church, consecrated in 1377, was originally constituted by three aisles and, perhaps because in ruin, would have been transformed into the ESA. XVII in a building with two aisles, with the addition of two chapels in the presbytery, turn to cruise. In reality it is not possible to follow with certainty the constructive phases of the church, as it was subjected over the centuries to continuous modifications and alterations, and the scarce archival documentation that concerns it allows to follow the vicissitudes only to Starting from the SEC. XVII, when it appeared not very dissimilar to today, divided into two aisles covered with trued and ending in chapels turned to cruise, built in the century. XVII after the demolition of the ancient apses. A third barrel-vaulted chapel opened, as today, on the left side of the nave Maggiore. After a long period of abandonment and alternate vicissitudes of restorations, the church was recently reopened to the cult and embellished internally by some of the original furnishings: an altar in gilded wood dating from the beginning of the eighteenth century, some eighteenth-century canvases and a Wooden simulacrum of the holy proprietor. Several wooden sculptures from this building, originally belonging to the ancient brotherhood of the Pietà that had its seat, are still scattered around the churches of Sanluresi and await to be restored; A beautiful deposed Christ, datable between five and six hundred, originally nailed on the cross of the chapel on the left, a seventeenth-century Christ at the column also known as "Jesus Nazarene", some processional crucifixes of various eras, an eighteenth-century Pietà of Neapolitan school and a very ruined oldest, the simulacra "clothes" of the Virgin of the Good Way and St. Catherine. In the Pinacoteca di Cagliari there is a sixteenth-century altarpiece-il altarpiece di Sant'Eligio-coming from the main altar.
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