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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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  • This simple church is lovely - very simple for a church of its importance and seemingly tucked into a corner of the hill. Here you will find a piece of the Holy Cross -- the one on which Jesus was cru...  more »
  • A place of Peace and a cozy medieval atmosphere. An attraction of religious character and full of simplicity and example of faith.  more »
  • A simple beautiful church with st. Francis of Assisis tunic..... amazing.. just minutes up the street from Piazza Republica. worth the walk up... Its not fancy just wonderful  more »
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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.
  • The convent of San Francesco in Cortona was built by brother Elias in 1247 on land called Queen's bath bestowed upon him by the City Council and on which there were remains of Roman buildings, probably. the Church is in the Gothic style but rebuilt greatly within especially in the 17th century. Still intact though retains the grandeur of the mole and the momentum of his original lines. In the Church is a fragment of the Holy Cross brought from Constantinople to Cortona by friar Elia, who appointed St. Francis, as "mother" for him and "father" for the other brothers, successor as Director of the Franciscan Conventual Friars.
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  • Great! Ascetical and spiritual
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  • Mystical place. Contains reliqiue of the Saint.
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