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San Pietro di Feletto, the ancient Pieve and the “Christ of the Sunday”

The fascinating fresco of the Christ of the Sunday, guarded in the facade of the Pieve di St Peters di San Pietro di Feletto (Treviso) under a large wooden beamed porch launched the message that Sunday is not a working day. Those who work during the Lord’s day make suffer the Christ who, struck by the work tools, pours blood from the wounds; the painting is also interesting because it shows visitors the tools and work types of the people of the Hills of Felettane. But all Pieve with his splendid work of the Longobarda era erected around the year 1000 definitely deserves a visit because, it offers to those who come in this magical corner of the “Prosecco Landscapes” a varied and unusual artistic show. The exterior has a large porch, which probably had the function of securing safe shelter for the people during social, political and economic meetings. The bell tower, which rises isolated, with cusp of the 16th century, is in Romanesque style. The Pieve is preceded by a 19th century staircase.

There are many frescoes that decorate the porch; in addition to the “Christ of the Sunday”, stands the “Madonna and Child with Saints”, important for a iconographic detail very rare: that of the Baby Jesus sucking milk from a bladder with which the author probably wanted to recall the tradition of poor families. Inside the architecture is of great charm, but still essential: there are three narrow aisles divided by arches on large rectangular pillars. In the background there is a semicircular apse with overlapping layers of paintings. The walls of the central nave are entirely frescoed with works by various authors and with refined hints of Byzantine taste ranging from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The beautiful chapel of the baptismal font, decorated with frescoes dating back to the end of the 14th century, illustrates the life and martyrdom of San Sebastiano. The painter who has frescoed the interior of the church is unknown, but probably was a mainstay artist between Treviso and Belluno, perhaps formed in the school of Antonio Vivarina. This is confirmed by the typology of faces, the definition of hair as well as the clothing and footwear, which characterize the activity of this person also in Serravalle and precisely in the Galletti Chapel of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Visiting times: Saturday 9.00-10.00 / 15.00-20.00, Sunday 9.00-11.30 / 14.30-19.00.It is possible to visit the church on other days and hours only by calling the number: 329-3615869

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