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Chiesa della Madonna del Parto – Sutri (VT)

South-east of Sutri, near the ancient amphitheater, is the church of Santa Maria del Parto. The building is identified by many scholars as a Mithraeum. then converted into a Christian church; the identification is confirmed by the structural characteristics of the environment used for worship, which resembles the places dedicated to the god Mitra. The very narrow side aisles, the steps in front of the altar, the niche for housing the bas-relief with Mithras that sacrifices the Cosmic Bull, and the fossa sanguinis, where to pour the sacrificial blood, are the elements that can be recognized common to all places of Mithraic worship. The church, entirely excavated in the tuff is part of a real rock agglomeration characterized by a large number of rooms distributed on two levels largely inaccessible. The exterior is presented in a quite different way from the usual typology of the churches that one used to see, resembling instead a cave tomb complex. At first the church was dedicated to the cult of the Archangel Michael, subsequently to the Madonna and today bears the name of Santa Maria del Parto.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16239 W: 130 N: 33592] (187999)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2019-08-01
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/0.1, 30 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2019-08-14 0:57
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