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CHURCH OF SAINT PETER IN OTTAVA

Between Speziale and Montalbano, about a mile from the entrance of the road SS 16, on the left you can see the construction of a fortified tower of the Masseria Ottava Grande (XVI century); in the courtyard of the masseria there is the church of San Pietro (XII century), which contains a rock crypt, located on the side of the neighboring lama and later converted into a tank. The church is mentioned for the first time in 1180 in a bull of Pope Alexander III, who, addressing the bishop of Monopoli, enumerates the lands and buildings subject to the jurisdiction of the bishop.

The building is part of the medieval buildings of Puglia covered by domes aligned with three naves and relating protruding apses and sided by hanging arches. On the façade stands a eighteenth century belfry; the entrance has, under a framed oculus, a   prothyrum standing on columns and equipped with a "sawtooth relief decoration ", typical of the Angevin age.

The church has undergone renovations, as we can see by the altar stone and by the plaster of the presbytery area, painted in "grotesque" style (XVIII century). Inside, on the north wall, glimpsed traces of frescoes depicting saints theories of Eastern iconography (XII century).

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