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Abbazia di San Galgano, Chiusdino

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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Abbazia di San Galgano is perhaps best known for the legend of the sword in the stone, said to have been thrust into a rock near Siena by a medieval knight. The sword, of which only the hilt is visible, is preserved at a small, rounded chapel on a hill right next to this ruined Romanesque abbey. The abbey itself sits in a colorful setting of cypress trees, fields of sunflowers, and rolling green hills. Built sometime in the 13th century, the abbey is named after Galgano Guidotti, a knight who renounced his worldly life and became a hermit--after planting his sword into that legendary rock. The site includes an herbal shop and a small souvenir store. With our online itinerary creator, Chiusdino attractions like Abbazia di San Galgano can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Returned after many years I find the entrance fee and fine the cost is not high. Always the same, although a little left in abandonment recalls Melrose in Scotland and Cashel in Ireland if you are nearby is worth a visit.
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  • Just superb. Classic Gothic. Beautiful also the two adjoining rooms at the Abbey, probably one the Chapter House.
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  • Only! Heaven hovers over these impressive historical remains and walking on gravel inside the Abbey you feel privileged. Although isolated it is worth it!
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  • I recommend to visit this special place not very far away from Florence (about 1h 30) but close to Siena (about 40min). Not statues, not paintings not even the roof but the atmosphere in this unique abbey is very evocative. The surrounding area is amazing, farmed and flat where you can walk lazily. Find a little path and reach the Rotonda of Montesiepi. Nowadays here you can see the sword in the stone of San Galgano because nobody, in the past, has been able to remove it.
  • this place is worth a special travel to when you find yourself not too far - in Florence (~70km) or Sienna (~30km). After lots of monumental medieval churches this abbey looks likes a naked one - not sure whether you can find something alike anywhere else. In 500m in addition to this very special abbey you get a 12th centrury church. Next you should visit Chuisdino
  • Da visitare!
  • Truly extraordinary. Must see.
  • Very beautiful ruins, in a beautiful setting.
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