Considerazioni sulle cripte medievali 'a sala' o 'a oratorio' del Lazio settentrionale
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 64, 2016
Having remained largely unchanged throughout renovations which rearranged the buildings they are part of, in particular
between the late 16th and 17th century, the crypts in Northern Lazio are a corpus of organisms that are typologically similar
to each other. Situated below the presbytery, they faithfully reproduce its silhouette, thereby assuming the shape of a ‘hall‘ or
‘oratory’, which is something that can be found in similar structures built from the beginning of the 11th century in Europe and
Central and Northern Italy. They are divided into aisles by a grid of columns, often spolia, as are the bases and capitals, which
creates a modular system of bays that are almost square, with groin vault ceilings.