Church of San Pancrazio

Old Town

Chiesa di
San Pancrazio

Centro Storico

Church of San Pancrazio

late 12th – early 13th century

The exact date of construction for this church is unknown, but it is believed to have been built between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century, as it combines both Romanesque and Gothic elements. Many changes were made during the 17th century. It was used for worship until the early 20th century and then neglected until the 1950s. It was later restored and is now occasionally used as a venue for cultural events such as exhibitions, conferences, and concerts (Auditorium).
The portal is noteworthy for its elegance, with an ogival arch consisting of several concentric elements, some round, others square, and resting on two bundles of pilasters and small columns. The door frame has a polychrome mosaic decoration of cosmatesque derivation. The bell tower, built at a later date, interrupts the left side of the facade and has two rows of two-light windows with round arches on all sides. Its crested spire is also noteworthy.
The shrine on the left side has an ogival arch decorated with a broken string motif, which is clearly Norman in origin. The interior has a single nave, divided into two bays, which were originally vaulted, and the roof is still vaulted in the presbytery. Today, the roof is raised above the rest of the church and made of wood in the rest of the building.

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Photography by: César Vásquez Altamirano, Tiziano Crescia, Roberto Romano, Sailko Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, Paolo Monti

Translations by Ylenia Marcucci e Alessandro Rotatori