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Chiesa San Francesco, Cortona

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San Francesco is a 13th-century, Roman Catholic church located on via Berrettini in Cortona, region of Tuscany, Italy.HistoryBuilt in 1245, the church has the typical Franciscan pattern: a large nave ending in an apse with a groin vault, flanked by two smaller side-chapels also with groin vaults.The facade holds a lancet-arched main doorway with three small columns in a recess, and a large circular window set above. In the apse are the mouldings of the partially walled Gothic windows. On the left the eastern wing of the cloister is visible, where there are two windows, now filled with masonry, and an arched doorway belonging to the Chapter House.Inside can be seen some distinguished artworks, including the Nativity of Raffaello Vanni, the Annunciation by Pietro da Cortona, St. Anthony of Padua and the miracle of the mule by Cigoli (1597), and the Virgin in glory among the saints by Ciro Ferri. In the Convent of the Conventual Franciscan Friars (the guardians of the church) are carefully preserved some relics of St. Francis of Assisi, namely a habit, a finely embroidered cushion on which the dying saint laid his head (donated by Settesoli Giacoma de Santo, a noble lady of patrician Marino, who loved to call Francis Iacopo), and also a book of the Gospel.Also in this church is a preserved fragment of the Holy Cross, in a reliquary of Byzantine work in ivory and silver. It was brought from Constantinople to Cortona by Friar Elia Coppi, whom San Francesco named as his mother and a father for the other brothers, the successor to the leadership of the Conventual Franciscan Friars. P. Eugen Rachiteanu governed the church and the convent together with two other monks from the Conventual Franciscan Province of Romania.
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  • It can be reached with a long climb made of steep and staircases. In a coma to a staircase, is very simple, as all churches dedicated to the Saint. A little dark inside, keeps a shrine in ivory with a fragment of the cross of Christ and a doublet belonged to the Saint. In the chancel is the tomb of brother Elias, successor of Saint Francis at the head of the order.
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  • Cortona is all about UPS and downs. And perhaps it is this its particularity. You don't expect something arrived, after much toil, the Church of San Francesco. Deserves for the saio, dices, belonged to the Saint!
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  • It is a church to visit, knows a lot about ancient, very simple but very addictive is not well signposted. nearby is the monastery of Santa Chiara currently operating
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  • This is a fantastic church situated in the heart of Cortona and holds relics related to Saint Francis of Assisi in its on-display collection. Visiting in March 2016 we found this church to be an un-crowded gem that was a little off the well worn tourist trails. Well worth a visit when in Cortona.
  • Great! Ascetical and spiritual
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  • Very nice both the cloister and the Interior of the Church
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  • Mystical place. Contains reliqiue of the Saint.
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