Small Church of Saint Peter
Discover the Church whose walls simply drip history
Where is the Small Church of Saint Peter?
The church is adjacent to the Basilica del Santo, in Piazzale Domus Plebis, and you can visit it by asking the custodian of the Basilica.
The interior is in neoclassical style and is noteworthy for its gold-decorated dome ceiling. The altar is in polychrome marble and, above it, you can admire the statue of St. Peter by Enrico Saroldi, and the frontal from the ancient parish church.
Legends and traditions
Tradition attributes the foundation of this small church to Saint Marinus, patron saint of the Republic.
Below are two details that link the church to the patron saint. Let's have a look at them.
- In the apse, carved entirely into the rock, you will see two stone beds that, according to tradition, were used by Saints Marinus and Leo, who are still attributed thaumaturgical powers.
- The crypt contains a stone relief by Romeo Balsimelli depicting San Marinus with the bear.
The apse is excavated in the living rock