The Church of San Pietro in Atina

The Church of San Pietro is situated beside the winding Via Sferricavalli that leads down from Atina to Ponte Melfa on the floor of the Val di Comino.

The Roman Temple

This is the oldest church in Atina. It was built in 70 AD on the ruins of the Roman temple dedicated to the God Jupiter.  Closeby there are the remains of a tract of Roman Road.

photo © Christine Taylor

photo © Philippe Brolet

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

The Roman Building Technique Opus Reticulatum

Above right you can see it has a simple early Christian cross made from circular terracotta bricks. At the base of the building there are sections of Roman walls in opus reticulatum. This was a Roman building technique for creating walls with a decorative facing.  Small diamond shaped blocks of Tufa rock were laid in a criss-cross pattern on an inner wall of concrete. Sections of these walls may have belonged to the original Roman temple of Jupiter.

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

photo – Archivio Biblioteca di Atina

Italian Heart

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Photos marked with  are believed to be in the Public Domain due of their age.

All other photos I have taken myself –  © Louise Shapcott