• The Hermitage of San Paolo, framed by the rocks

The Hermitage of San Paolo, framed by the rocks

The Hermitage of San Paolo, framed by the rocks

The Hermitage of San Paolo, a small church, set in the rock.

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The Hermitage of San Paolo, small church, set in the rock

The Hermitage of San Paolo, located on the Prabi di Arco road (TN), is a small hermit church and is a magnificent example of sacred art.
Both inside and outside it is adorned with enchanting frescoes. Furthermore, it is one of the oldest monuments: the consecration of the altar is documented on April 9, 1186.
The appearance looks like a very essential and simple construction, its construction took place in a niche under an overhanging rock which also acts as a wall and partly as a vault of the church.
The church is presented in a single hall, with an adjacent room, once reserved for hermits; the construction is completed by a small terrace to the north and a stone staircase, partly dug directly into the rock, which leads from the hermits' room to a room below.
Inside, only the church hall is frescoed.
In 1950 the Municipality of Arco intervened with a radical restoration that made visible again the beautiful frescoes dedicated to the Last Supper and the Stories of the life of Saint Paul.
The exterior of the Hermitage of San Paolo is always accessible, however, the interior is normally closed. The Hermitage of San Paolo is open for guided tours (usually during the spring and autumn period); it can be opened on request for school groups and groups, but visits are allowed only if accompanied by surveillance


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