Santa Maria di Castello
Santa Maria di Castello
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noselfcontrol
Sidney, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
we found it so beautiful and quiet with a single custodian asking for donation ...he was playing a broken guitar but we played anyway it was magic watch below for a chill. Courtney Bowles music is the musician
Written October 17, 2019
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
It is worth going out of your way and making time to see Chiesa di Santa Maria in Castello, built 1121-1208, it was a cathedral until 1435, then abandoned and restored many times, it is now deconsecrated. There is a lovely cosmatesque floor, with some portions damaged by earthquake. The lovely marble octagonal baptismal font, is allegedly made from an ancient tomb. The church is beautiful in its simplicity, however, the facades central portal have remnants of cosmatesque decorations framing it and the mullioned window above the portal give a glimpse of past glory. There are fantastic views over the Valley of the River Marta from the side door.

The volunteer here was brilliant, he spent 20 minutes pointing out things we would have otherwise missed -
A piece of marble reused in the construction of the church with Etruscan writing etched in.
Markings on the floor, denoting the symbols of the stonemasons.
Graffiti of a French cavalry officer from the 19th century. The church was used as a stable by French troops in the 19th century, this probably added to the damage of the floor.

This church, despite age still stands graceful and majestic in appearance, something which many elaborate churches lack. This is a lovely church which would not be open but for the wonderful volunteers, who share the history of the church with great passion to those who enter. This little gem is worth going out of your way for, not as flashy as a lot of other churches but it still manages to outshine some of them, with big hearted volunteers keen to explain the history within. The church was used for the TV series “The Borgias”.
Written October 5, 2016
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Jake23
New Jersey6,837 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
An interesting church in the old city of Tarquinia. I believe you need a special guide to open the locks around the city to visit, but I may be mistaken. The towers and churches in Tarquinia were very fun to explore. The Santa Maria di Castello was one of my favorites and I would go if I were back in Tarquinia someday.
Written July 14, 2015
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BobC558
New York City, NY285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
it's best to go here on a fri, sat, or sun morning, when the tower at the foot of the road which leads to the church is also open. That said, the walk down the road to the church is lovely, and once inside, even though it's mainly been stripped bare, it's a lovely experience. Be certain to go out the door on the right side of the church for a very lovely view of the surrounding countryside.
Written May 8, 2015
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stefanok73
London, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
Beautiful church. A race example of medieval art. Worth a visit and a nice walk around the medieval town
Written April 21, 2015
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Iva S
Prague, Czech Republic700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
2. 9. 2018 Beautiful, amazing atmosphere. The guy playing the guitar beautifully sings. Everything on youtube PSIS visit Italy 2018. I + P (CZ)
Written October 13, 2018
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LondonTravellerplus
North Finchley, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Tucked away against the city walls you will discover this beautiful church with remarkable 1000 year old mosaics. You will see evidence of Etruscan tombs used as building materials. The lovely guardian who is there will take you on a guided tour and open the back door which leads out onto terraces which overlook the city walls. And nobody there - if this were Tuscany it would be packed.
Written September 18, 2017
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tmacquiban
Rome, Italy152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
Worth the walk to the end of the town to discover this old church in a prominent position with good views of the valley. Lovely cosmatesque floors and simple 12th century interior. a very friendly guide made me welcome.
Written August 9, 2017
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sintijs
Stockholm, Sweden63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Beautiful old church, honest guide, who i guess was a volunteer. There is some great feeling in there...
Written July 30, 2017
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The church Santa Maria di Castello is located near the Castle gates next to the Castle Tower. It was some kind of renovations going on at the time of our visit so we did not venture inside the church. The building dates to late 11th - early 12th century.
Written June 20, 2017
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