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Cripta di Santa Margherita, Melfi

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  • The Rock Church is visited only by booking through the Proloco di Melfi. The paintings are very old and you can see maybe the only true portrait of Frederick II, his wife Elizabeth of England and one of the sons. Need a guided tour to appreciate and understand the history of the paintings.
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  • It is a beautiful cave church dating back to the 10th century and decorated with frescoes dating back to the 13th century
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  • The Church of Santa Margherita, far from Melfi about 1600 m ahead on SS 303 towards Rapolla is placed in proximity of the today's City Cemetery and former convent of "all saints". The cave, excavated in volcanic Tuff, dates from the 10th century, while the frescoes inside the same date back to the 13th century. . It is to be attributed to monks who settled in the area at the beginning of Byzantine domination in Southern Italy. The main altar has a depiction of Santa Margherita. But the most famous fresco is the so-called "contrast between the living and the dead" also known as "the triumph of death". The fresco shows two skeletons with worms in the stomach region representatives meat rot and in front of their three subjects that deal with the skeletons. It seems that the skeletons to explain their condition to live after death.
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