Pieve di Sant'Andrea a Cercina, Sesto Fiorentino

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The Pieve di Sant'Andrea is an 11th-century pieve or rural church in Cercina, Tuscany, central Italy.Initiated in Romanesque style, it was later remade. It has a sturdy bell tower with single and double mullioned windows. The interior is on a nave, and houses fragments of 14th-century frescoes (St. Anthony and one Female Saint). Other painting works include a Virgin Enthonred with Child between Sts. Andrew and John the Baptist (16th century), the Resurrection of Christ between Sts. Anthony of Padua, Mary Magdalene, Catherine of Alexandria and Jesm by Francesco Curradi, and two panels with a Nativity between Sts. Lucy and Jerome and Massacre of the Innocents.The marble baptismal font dates to 1613, while the stoup, also in marble, is from 1540.
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  • I was there with the Alpine Choir every year for san antonio abate is blessed all animals really exceptional
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  • in a quiet nature stands this Church as a time very far and very charming even within
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  • I say at once that the Church is well worth a trip; Hailing from Florence towards the slopes of Monte Morello is itself both for the wonderful scenery that can be seen is going up to that place is returning from there towards Florence. Along those streets still exist, the atmosphere is very ancient flavour that makes flying the imagination toward a past still incredibly present. From a distance you can see the Bell Tower and just what makes us understand that the Church we're looking for is the one up there that appears at the top, but then we realize that it's just a plain at the foot of the mountain, still far from the top. We know that already in 800, ben 1,200 years ago! There existed the Romanesque church and that aspect cannot more that confirm its ancient origin probably more ancient than that ascertained. Back to the mind of Pope Leo X, son of Lorenzo de ' Medici and Clarice Orsini, had forty years in 1,515 when it was on pilgrimage here with much parade and it was only a couple of years he was Pope, so had to have one or more valid reasons for such a pilgrimage to an unknown Church, after all, and off the beaten path. While they are engrossed in these thoughts that are now here, in front of the portal, which immediately attracts my attention with that wealth of garlands carved in stone, and immediately I say to you, whoever did this was someone who knew what he was doing! And start flipping through the pages that I took and I discover now that is attributed to a certain Andrea Cavalcanti born in Borgo a Buggiano and because of this was originally called "Buggiano"; his life began in 1412 and ended in 1462 in Florence, but looking for a little we learn that he was adopted by none other than Brunelleschi and who was her dear collaborator although works that define minor but really commendable. While I enjoy the shade of the front porch, under there beginning to admire the 16th-century fresco representing the statue of the Madonna and child, but rather wants to highlight the miraculous arrival of this wooden statue which not only miraculously came here, and that over time, asking here thanks to Madonna, for sure we have been provided and yet you can get given how much is worshipped by a good number of the faithful. The same fresco also highlights the pilgrimage (1515) by Leo X in this miraculous wooden image of the Madonna and child that is dated by experts to the 1,250. Rested from silence and cooled by the shade of the porch, I believe it is time to enter the three-nave church with frescoes that adorn since the 16th century; just entered the curiosity makes me search for gaze where can be placed the statue of the Virgin Mary interceding for the obtainment of miracles: getting them. The statue is placed in a chapel at the end of the left aisle, and while slowly I approach I read that the chapel was frescoed in the 16th century. I make the sign of the Holy Cross and I sit down to meditate a few minutes being that, for centuries, a place very suitable to this practice also healthy. Before I go out I want to mention that the visit would not yet finished because in the parish church there are several works including a fresco attributed to Domenico Ghirlandaio in which it portrays Santa Barbara with one foot stuck a Saracen, an infidel, and the scene takes place between the figures of Saint Jerome and Saint Anthony. There is also a triptych with Madonna enthroned with Saint Peter and Saint Andrew in the nearby 15th century cloister was found a cycle of frescoes of the middle of the fifteenth century, are now kept in the rectory and detached a part a in the cloister. The same author of the frescos of the cloister, Stefano D'Antonio Vanni, executed frescoes in the presbytery: a Cenacle, and the judgment of Solomon. Ultimately with this brief written, advice, for those who have a bit of time and who loves special things and even "miraculous" to make a nice visit to this parish, grandiose, but not very special. Stefano
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