San Cristoforo, Siena

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San Cristoforo is a Roman Catholic church located on Piazza Tolomei in the Northern Terzo di Camollia and contrada of Civetta in the city of Siena, region of Tuscany, Italy. Across the piazza from the church is the Palazzo Tolomei, one of the oldest buildings in the city. The Tolomei for many years were associated with the church.HistoryThe original Romanesque style church with a Latin Cross layout was initially constructed in the 11th to 12th-century. Traces of Romanesque columns remain in the adjacent small cloister.During the 13th century, the cloister would host the council of the nascent Republic of Siena. It is claimed that at this site in 1260, a meeting took place between the Council of 24 and Florentine ambassadors. The latters demanded that Siena breach its walls, and allow Florentine fortresses in each Terzo. These heavy demands forced the former to decide that war with Florence was inevitable, and they dismissed the ambassadors, and prepared for war. They acknowledged the need to hire German mercenaries from Count Giordano d'Anglano, vicar of King Manfred, but lacked the funds. Upon hearing this, Salimbene Salimbeni, banker and founder of an early branch of the future Monte dei Paschi, merely walked to his nearby home, and returned to this cloister with the wheelbarrow full of 118,000 florins. The mercenaries proved essential to the Sienese victory at the Battle of Montaperti.
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  • I went to 8/2017. Church of San Cristoforo is built facing the square the Tolomei of Siena Church. You could get inside and was going to look at that in the history of the Church and remains of 12th century apse inside the closed.
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  • The Church Of St. Christopher is one of the oldest in Siena, known since the 11th century. However you can see it only in fragments. The year 1798 earthquake unleashed a Romanesque façade. Instead of old made a new-neoclassical, which, as is well known, in contrast to the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque attracts tourists. Plus decided to greatly reduce its length. The times attacked than secular organizations, revolutionary, so if the situation is allowed to cut her worship-square cut. One former Church, was of great importance for the political history of Siena. In its walls until the construction of the Palace in the Piazza del Campo met the City Council, which decided to give battle of montaperti fiorentini in September 1260 years. Siena Ghibellines won the battle of Guelph Florence and secured freedom for 9 years.
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  • Pleasant, ancient church in Piazza Tolomei. Around a five-minute stroll from Piazza del Campo A "secondary sight" but well worth a look if you're passing by.  more »

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To enjoy panoramic views of Siena's historical old town, check into a luxury hotel in the city center. If you are looking to escape the activity of the main tourist areas, consider staying at a hostel or guesthouse just outside the central areas. Private multi-room villas in the residential neighborhoods offer landscaped outdoor space and secure parking. For something a little different and considerably less expensive, explore one of many B&Bs in the vineyards and olive groves of Siena's countryside.
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