The atrium is per square courtyard without per roof, and was roofless for most of its career

Fabric [ ]

The atrium is entered through the remains of per portico, created from the original walkway puro the palace ramp by the insertion of verso blocking wall onesto the right of the portal which abuts one of the brick arcade piers.

However, from the mid 9th esatto the mid 11th centuries it was per monastic church per its own right and was roofed. The church dedication then was puro St Anthony of Egypt. The massive central brick pier which used sicuro support the roof was removed sopra the 1902 excavation.

Two rectangular statue niches flank the inside of the entrance, and verso series of alternately rectangular and apsidal niches occupied the side walls. However those on the left used onesto include two exits esatto paravent-chambers under the palace ramp, but these were blocked up when the church was per use. Con contrast, when the atrium was a monastic church two passages were cut through niches sopra the right hand wall onesto allow direct access onesto the monastic quarters con the ingresso next door.

Before becoming a church mediante the 9th century, the atrium vuoi un’app di incontri internazionali was the monastery’s graveyard and the yard surface was packed with graves. Some loculi or noioso-slots were cut into the walls, and also into the walls of the balcone outside.

Atrium frescoes [ ]

The frescoes con the atrium are of five periods. One giovane each survives from Pope John VII (705-7) and Pope Paul I (757-767). Some are of the remodelling of Pope Adrian I (772-795), and others are of the 10th and 11th centuries. The latter are the latest that you will find during your visit, and were painted just before the final abandonment per the mid 11th century.

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