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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 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 church was built in 1245. It is famous for its disciples brought back from Constantinople at the Holy Cross area Coppi Francis ' pieces kept in the reliquary on the altar. Interior is in the typical style of the Church of s. Francesco of domed cross a simple single nave ending in apses (apse), both sides have small chapel with cross vaults. The ceiling's wooden hull shape. On the two side walls Chapel, altarpiece is placed. "The miracle of St. Anthony of Padua" by Cigoli. It was under the 5-year-old Galileo Galilei was Cigoli was writing off of the best contemporary artists, but also personally very close friends. "The Annunciation" by Pietro da Cortona.
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  • The Church was built Kortonskim Elijah, the successor of Saint Francis of Assisi. It contains a fragment of the Holy Cross brought from Constantinople, and things belonging to Caritas, for example, handwritten Gospel and cassock. In the Church is the tomb of Elias Krotonskogo, as well as the burial place of the artist Luke work Signorelli which decorated many churches of Cortona.
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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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