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Abbazia di San Galgano

Siena, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 54 attractions in Siena
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Mechelen, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

If you are in the area go and see this. It is nice to wonder around but it will not blow you away. There is a nice enoteca though with nice outside space, friendly staff and good local products (cheese, wines). We basically visited the place and spend the whole afternoon in the wine bar. Very relaxing!!

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Popiglio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Had to see this abbey, of course. It looks stunning when you walk up from the tree lined driveway. It is not true to say there is "nothing else [to see] for miles" around / one could have checked out the castle, situated high up in Montemassi, for example...

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Richmond, Surrey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

San Galgano is a very good half day visit. It has a ruined abbey and a church up on a hill, with a great story of a broken sword in a rock - I'm not telling you more, as you must visit and find out for yourself! There is also a curious fish pond to discover, and an excellent cafe/wine... More

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Rockville Centre, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I loved this place, the story of san gargano is a story of a boy who grows up wanting to do something and as an adult goes off to find himself using solitude...the sword in the rock represents his faith in god, in fact looking at the sword it is a cross. He doesn't believe in war and so he... More

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Haifa, Israel
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The ruins of the abbey are nice, worth a detour' if you are in the area. there is nothing else for miles and miles around.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The roofless church of San Galgano is without a doubt beautiful, but there isn't much to do there, and personally we found the sword in the rock somewhat disappointing. It's probably worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Italy, Siena
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81 reviews 81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A magic place to visit! A church with no roof, in the Tuscan countryside. Next to a Romanic church with circular base built around a rock in which a spade is blocked.

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The abbandoned abbey is not so interesting, but the hermitage is worth a visit. The sword in the stone is now protected by a thick plexiglass (or similar) lid, since vandals broke it twice. The small curch is very impressive. I recommend to try a Tuscan snack at the close-by wine bar.

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Krakow, Poland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Very atmospheric, unique place. Experience the mysterious rotonda, see the abbey and then visit nearby hilltop Chiusdino, where Galgano Guidotti was born. Late in the evening go to the abbey once again to admire floodlit old walls. Remember, that the sword really does come from the 12th century and the whole story can become a deep mystic experience.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is a beautiful church ruins in a lovely pastoral setting. A good place for a picnic on the grass. Truly lovely.

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