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San Gimignano Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

The town's main church is not officially a duomo (cathedral), because San Gimignano has no bishop. But behind the simple facade of the Romanesque Collegiata lies a treasure trove of fine frescoes, covering nearly every part of the interior. Bartolo di Fredi's 14th-century fresco cycle of Old Testament scenes extends along one wall. Their distinctly medieval feel, with misshapen bodies, buckets of spurting blood, and lack of perspective, contrasts with the much more reserved scenes from the Life of Christ (attributed to 14th-century artist Lippo Memmi), painted on the opposite wall just 14 years later. Taddeo di Bartolo's otherworldly Last Judgment (late 14th century), with its distorted and suffering nudes, reveals the great influence of Dante's horrifying imagery in Inferno. Proof that the town had more than one protector, Benozzo Gozzoli's arrow-riddled St. Sebastian was commissioned in gratitude after the locals prayed to the saint for relief from plague. The Cappella di Santa Fina... READ MORE

The town's main church is not officially a duomo (cathedral), because San Gimignano has no bishop. But behind the simple facade of the Romanesque Collegiata lies a treasure trove of fine frescoes, covering nearly every part of the interior. Bartolo di Fredi's 14th-century fresco cycle of Old Testament scenes extends along one wall. Their distinctly medieval feel, with misshapen bodies, buckets of spurting blood, and lack of perspective, contrasts with the much more reserved scenes from the Life of Christ (attributed to 14th-century artist Lippo Memmi), painted on the opposite wall just 14 years later. Taddeo di Bartolo's otherworldly Last Judgment (late 14th century), with its distorted and suffering nudes, reveals the great influence of Dante's horrifying imagery in Inferno. Proof that the town had more than one protector, Benozzo Gozzoli's arrow-riddled St. Sebastian was commissioned in gratitude after the locals prayed to the saint for relief from plague. The Cappella di Santa Fina is decorated with a fresco cycle by Domenico Ghirlandaio illustrating the life of St. Fina.

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Quick Facts

Piazza Pecori 1–2
San Gimignano, Tuscany  53037, Italy

0577-286300

www.duomosangimignano.it

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €4; €6, includes Museo d\'Arte Sacra, €9, includes Torre Grossa and Pinacoteca, Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25, €4; €6 includes Museo d\'Arte Sacra, Closed Jan. 1, Jan. 15–31, Mar. 12, Nov. 15–30, and Dec. 25

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