Collegiata di San Quirico
Collegiata di San Quirico
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The main church of San Quirico d`Orcia dates back as far as the XII century. The exterior of the church is appropriate. The facade with the main portal corresponds to the time of construction, but the apse, which was rebuilt in the XVII century due to the expansion of the church to build a choir, does not correspond. The main portal is guarded by two lions, and above the entrance is a small figure of San Quirico, a Christian martyr of the IV century who died in childhood with his mother Juliet, after whom the village is named. Under it, on the lintel above the entrance, you will see two crocodiles. Crocodiles were considered a symbol of the devil's submission to God and the Virgin Mary. By placing them at the entrance, the architect of the church symbolized the expulsion of evil forces from the temple. Inside, the church doesn`t look as ascetic as outside. It has the shape of a Latin cross with one nave and chapels in the apse. Moreover, the apse was rebuilt in the Baroque style in 1653. The most notable work in the church belongs to the 15th-century Sienese artist Sano di Pietro in the north transept. The artist also placed the profile saint San Quirico in the company of the Madonna with Christ, angels and saints. The author of the first of the side portals of 1288 is even more famous. The authorship is also attributed to the Sienese architect, the author of the Sienese Duomo Giovanni di Pisano. And the last thing to pay attention to is the organ. Cesare Romani's organ is very old, from 1607.
Written April 25, 2024
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westy54
Sydney, Australia12,055 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This church appeared in records dating back to the eighth century and is situated not far from the main gate into the town. The current church, built on top of the old church, is of sandstone and travertine construct dating from the 12th century with further additions made in the period since. Of interest in its exterior appearance is the Romanesque main front portal and Gothic facade dating from the 12th century and its two side portals dating from the 13th century.

The front Romanesque portal is slightly elevated (six steps) and has an arched porch that is supported by knotted columns that are resting on lionesses. Inside the porch there are five embedded columns on each side of the portal that are topped with ornately carved arches. Directly above the portal there is a bas-relief on the architrave of two winged crocodiles facing off against each other. In the lunette created by the arches there is a sculpture of a person. Decorating the top of the porch there appear to be more heads of animals and above this a Gothic rose window.

On the side facing the road there are a further two portals that date from the 13th century with two mullioned a a lancet window. Each of these portals has a porch. The porch on the first has a carved entablature which is supported by two caryatids who are each standing on a lion. Inside the porch it has two embedded columns and arches above the doorway. The second simply has five embedded columns on either side with five arches on top of them. Atop both porches, are a pointed roof.

There have been several extensions and renovations to the church including the addition of a transept. The current bell tower was finished in the early part of the 19th century, replacing a previous structure.

Internally the church has a single nave and is in the design of a Latin Cross. There have also been a number of changes and additions made to the interior of the church including being remodelled in a Baroque style in the 18th century.

The main altar is very impressive with its marble columns and statues and there are a number of side chapels. There is also a beautiful 15th century altarpiece of the Madonna and Child with Saints attributed to Sano di Pietro along with several paintings and detached frescos.

Well worth a look.
Written November 1, 2022
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Robert K
Lake Oswego, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
The antiquity. Outdoor cafes. Shopping. Location to the Borgo Lucignanello. I was impressed with the towns cleanliness.
Written June 8, 2013
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palmpirate
British Columbia, Canada538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
I loved the stone carvings though at first thought the crocodiles were eating each other, not greeting with a kiss!
Pilgrims were most likely very glad to reach this place way back when....as a tourist pilgrim today it is wonderful to see what craftsmanship is still here.
Written October 17, 2019
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David C
Tiverton, UK2,407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
I know others have said simple and serene but that's exactly what it is with some very early stone carving on the portals and a lack of decoration on the inside which rather makes the altar look overblown by comparison.
Written June 20, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
A beautiful Romanesque church with interesting decorations on its door friezes and with a few Baroque decorations in the interior. It was built during the 12th century and it is an important monument along the Via Francigena.
Written January 21, 2019
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FergusDad
Port Townsend, WA1,435 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
La Collegiata di San Quirico is an imposing structure with a quiet and peaceful interior. This beautiful church is surely worth a visit.
Written June 21, 2018
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Loreen K
Prague, Czech Republic230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
San Quirico is a wonderful village without crowds of tourists surrounded by beautiful scenery, great wine, nice restaurants and some lovely churches, a definite should include village when in the Val d'Orcia. This church is, medieval, simple in structure with beautiful art. Serene, lovely.
Written August 26, 2017
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Averil N
Exeter, UK276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
A church that has a visually appealing exterior and beautiful interior. Fairly simple interior which we like and with the very calm atmosphere which we also like in a church - no overly ornate decoration Some good exterior stonework - we have a wonderful photograph of a very wicked imp figure (more than a gargoyle) so look up.
Written June 18, 2017
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Steveramble
Wellington, New Zealand117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
If you visit the church on a weekday it will appear dim and dark like most churches in Tuscany. But come on Sunday for mass and you will be in a different space.
Written October 30, 2016
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