San Pietro ad Oratorium (Capestrano)
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 San Pietro ad Oratorium (Capestrano)

 It was built in the eighth century by the Lombard King Desiderio. Afterwards, in the twelfth century it was rebuilt in Romanesque style.
On the simple fa├žade there is a nice Benedectine portal and at its sides you can see two bas-reliefs which represent King David on the left and Saint Vincenzo on the rigth.
On an ashlar, on the left of the portal, there is a famous magic square with an enigmatic inscription which says: ┬ôROTAS OPERA TENET AREPO SATOR┬ö.  Scholars put forward many interpretations, but the most reliable one is the one that considers it as a cryptogram whose anagram forms the words Pater Noster plus letters A and O, that is to say the Alpha and Omega.

The interior of the church is composed of three naves and keeps a very fine ciborium (tabernacle) from the twelfh century. At the back of the ciborium there is a magnificent apsidal fresco representing the 24 old men of the Apocalypse and Jesus Christ on the throne among the Evangelists┬ĺ symbols.


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