During the 11th and 12th centuries, S. Maria di Tremiti was one of the most important monasteries on the Adriatic coast of Italy. While its historical significance has long been recognized, little attention has been paid to the abbey as an artistic center. In the early 1960s, a restoration campaign by the local Superintendency of Monuments revealed the original, medieval fabric of the abbey church, but the results of this discovery were left largely unstudied. This essay attempts to place the design of the church in the context of the architectural developments of its day, thereby providing an insight into the creative forces that contributed to the formation of Romanesque architecture.
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