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Chiesa di San Marco

The church of San Marco is another valuable piece of the medieval art and history of the city. Of rustic architecture, it was built in the 12th century, during the Norman era, with an attached monastery of which some remains are still visible. Its interior (just eleven metres long) is a single apsidal space, and has interesting murals on the walls: a graceful Madonna with Child, St. Mark the Evangelist and a Crucifixion.

Returning to Santa Barbara square, in a strategic position between Via Bonaccorsi (or consolazione) and via Santa Caterina, is the Pantheon (originally church of Jesus and Mary), so called because it houses the remains of Paternese soldiers killed in World War I. With its contained elegant façade, this church was built in the mid-17th century. The interior is enriched by Baroque altars with black twisted columns and modern paintings. It is an ideal access point to the “high city” and, at the same time, the last building of the Rock or the historical Hill, whose buildings, still strong and intact, extend towards the lower city.