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The church lies on the cattle-track from L'Aquila to the Adriatic coast. Place of rest and lodging for shepherds and sheep traveling towards the seaside pastures, the church has an imposing Renaissance façade dated 1558. The interior consists of a single nave concluding in a polygonal apse with two chapels on the sides, which are the arms of the transept. Under a triumphal arch there is a Baroque altar. Built against the right wall of the church there is a hall which functioned once as a lodging for shepherds and sheep.
The church of San Pellegrino was in the beginning part of the Benedictine Abbey of San Pellegrino and Santa Maria, whose properties extended for 4000 hectares as far as the consular Via Claudia and the church of San Benedetto in Perilliis. In the XII century the title of abbey was bestowed upon the church and it maintained its self-government until the XVI century, when the monks decided to desert the monastery in order to protest against the loss of independence.