In 1180, the knight Galgano Guidotti built a church in Montesiepi. The small and suggestive church was built to protect the rock in which Saint Galgano stuck his sword. The architecture of the church was very original at that time, unique in the Romanesque context of Siena. Attached to the church is the fourteenth-century chapel with frescoes attributed to Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Fifty years later, further down the valley, the Cistercians built theabbey dedicated to San Galgano. The first example of Gothic architecture in Tuscany and one of the most evocative places in the Sienese countryside. Today is a ruin completely immersed in the contrasting colours of the sky and the surrounding nature, a vision of solitary and dramatic beauty.
Duration: 2 hours
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