Santa Maria della Pieve

Santa Maria della Pieve, Arezzo

Santa Maria della Pieve
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bruno l
Singapore, Singapore747 contributions
Amazing old church
Aug 2020
First church was built around 1000 year ago and then refurbished of course - lastly by Vasari himself who lays down in there. Both inside and outside must be contemplated (both sides: from the street with multiple sculptures above entrance; and from Piazza grande as well)
Written 25 October 2020
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,617 contributions
This 12th century church has one of the most unusual and interesting facades that we have seen.
Jul 2019
As with many churches this one was built on top of a pre-existing church in the 12th century but it was in the 13th century when significant changes both to the facade and internally were completed leaving what we see today.

The church's four storey facade is really quite remarkable, particularly as the church is built along the far from gently sloping Corso Italia. The stone facade has on the ground floor five large arches all of the same size but the central one houses the large main portal whilst there are two smaller portals in the two arches at either end. Above each of the portals is a lunette that contains a bas-relief. Above the arches are three stories of loggias with each storey being of a different height and the spacing of the columns on each storey decreases the higher the facade rises such that on the top storey there are a greater number of columns, which are also shorter in height, than on the second and third stories. Also the columns and their capitals (the designs on top of the columns) are all different.

The loggia design continues at the back of the apse which fronts onto the Piazza Grande but here there are only two stories of loggias, again with the columns on the top storey being greater in number and shorter in height than those on the lower storey.

The Romanesque bell tower was completed in 1330 and has five rows of twin mullioned windows.

Inside there is a high central nave with two side aisles which are divided by stone columns topped with arches. There are three rows of three small windows high up on the inside of the facade as well as a clerestory. The ceilings are made of timber, including inside the dome.

At the end of the nave there is a small altar above which is the high altar and below which is the open crypt. There are stairs at either side of the altar to go either up or down. Upstairs on the high altar is a 14th century polyptych representing Madonna and the Saints.

Downstairs in the crypt are several impressive chapels as well as a 14th century gold and silver bust of Saint Donatus.
Written 25 October 2019
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gradues
Tallinn, Estonia226 contributions
Beautiful
May 2019
It's really an amazing building and you should also go inside. Just walk around in Arezzo and you will discover a lot
Written 6 October 2019
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dalesky
Myrtle Beach, SC92 contributions
Much to love about this church
Oct 2018 • Couples
From the figures on top of the front door, to all the different columns in back, to the lower level chapel. This is an amazing and inspiring church. One of many on the city, but situated on a busy and popular area. Take the time to truly inspect this beautiful Chiesa.
Written 8 September 2019
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,454 contributions
Square bell tower
May 2019 • Couples
The sticking Romanesque church of Santa Maria della Pieve, has a massive square bell tower and a curved facade with three loggias. A beautiful and interesting church.
Written 5 June 2019
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alexineberry
Clitheroe, UK194 contributions
A Little Gem
May 2019 • Couples
Worth seeing the fine carvings of the months around the portal. Also the facade of arcades. A fine example of 12th century architecture.
Written 29 May 2019
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adc354
San Francisco, CA51 contributions
Maybe most historically significant church in town
Apr 2019 • Couples
Stunningly beautiful three-tier loggia from 11th century over arched portico seems to lack funding for restoration, because the entire facade is covered with a huge net for safety. Also, the 13th century apse sticking out to the magnificent Piazza Grande is outstanding and unique. It is too bad that, despite its historic value, little restoration efforts can be seen for now. We donated a small amount.
Written 16 May 2019
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Lucas
34 contributions
Piero della Francesca
Nov 2018 • Couples
Head to the chapel with frescoes painted by Piero della Francesca. Make sure that you know the story depicted. Very appealing.
Written 8 November 2018
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia4,387 contributions
An unusual and splendid facade
Sep 2018 • Couples
The church was built in the 12th century and renovated a hundred years later with the facade and the apse, while the interior was decorated in the Gothic style. Its facade has five arches on the lowest floor and three loggias above it with small arches supported by columns, which are different one from the other. But, you will first look at the impressive bell tower with double row of mullioned windows. The interior of the church is equally impressive!
Written 18 October 2018
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luvroma2
Reading, PA2,029 contributions
Beautiful old church
Sep 2018 • Couples
We got in just before it was about to close. The outside of the church is fascinating. It consists of three "stacks" of columns and arches. In the inside is an altar piece by Pietro Lorenzetti. Well worth a visit.
Written 13 October 2018
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