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San Pietro

typology: Church
Area: Mediavalle
District/Locality: Borgo a Mozzano, locality Valdottavo
Foundation: XII century A.D.

The church of S. Pietro, in a dominant position above the hamlet of Valdottavo, is made mostly of white limestone with the exception of the northern side facing the hill which is of grey limestone. The decoration of the church is concentrated around the apse and in particular in the mouldings and cornices of the monofore.
The brackets of the main portal and of the bifora on the fa├žade are sculpted with floral elements.
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The church of San Pietro di Valdottavo was built in a dominant position above the village. This impressive construction is an interesting example of the use of urban building techniques in a rural context: in particular there are strong analogies with the church of S. Alessandro Maggiore in Lucca showing that during the XII century A.D. there were masons working without distinction in town as well as in the surrounding countryside.
The building presents a Latin cross plan with three aisles and a semicircular apse. The interior is illuminated by two series of monofore along the aisles.
In Modern times the church was renovated and adapted to the demands of a new liturgy and to the Baroque taste: a transept was therefore added on the north side, divided into small aisles by two pillars and large windows replaced the earlier monofore. The new rectangular apse equalling the nave in height was added later. Finally, inside an exceptional row of sculpted capitals can be seen.

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