San Leone Church in Segesta

San Leone Church in Segesta

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 Contrata Barbaro, SR 22 - Calatafimi (TP)

The Church of San Leone di Segesta, built in an uninhabited area of ​​Monte Barbaro within the Archaeological Park of Segesta, was probably a rural chapel, frequented by shepherds.
The small church, in single nave originally covered by a barrel vault, it was built in 1442 by citizens of Calatafimi.
Recent excavations have revealed that the chapel was built on the ruins of another larger church with a basilica plan with three naves ending in apses . This construction can be dated to the end of the 12th century and is believed to have been part of the medieval town. Numerous cisterns for collecting rainwater, dug into the rocky bank of the mountain, also belong to the most ancient phase.
Outside the Church there is a cemetery of simple graves dug into the ground, lined and covered with stone slabs. The cemetery partially overlaps a series of rooms from an earlier phase, datable to the 12th century and correlated by construction techniques to the Muslim-type buildings found on the top of the Castle

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