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“Absolute jewel”

Church of Sant'Agostino
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Private Tour: San Gimignano Walking Tour
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This church is an absolute jewel, packed full of exquisite artistic treasures. It's easily overshadowed by its more celebrated neighbour, the cathedral. Those on the tourist circuit would do well to spend a little extra time to hunt it out, hidden away in one of the less busy piazzas. Inside lie magnificent riches for art lovers. A whole fresco cycle by the wonderful artist Benozzo Gozzoli, dedicated to the life of Sant'Agostino, rivals his colourful masterpiece in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, in Florence. In an excellent state of preservation, the frescoes make the walls behind the altar glow with vibrant images. The faces are so realistic. You can still see their descendants in the streets outside. There are also works by Ghirlandaio, Fra Bartolomeo, one of the Pollaiouolo brothers, and the town's oldest fresco by Memmo Lippi, of the Madonnas and Child, painted in 1312. I was bowled over by the stunning collection of art in this relatively small church. It really is a joy to behold. A word of warning. It's very dark inside, and no photography is allowed. But whatever you do, don't miss it from your itinerary. It's a gem

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

This church, near one of the town parking, has some jewel that deserve a visit. Obviously it is an Italian church ... don't look for a well organized visit with frills! It is a 1200 romanic/gothic church decoraded mainly in the renaissance. Its semplicity, its light make it very nice to visit (expecially if the outside temperature is not confortable).

First of all the apse, decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli with the story of Sant'Agostino: wonderful and well preserved colors. A good guide will explain you the story while your eyes are caressed by the painting.

The San Bartolo Chapel, on a side of the entrance, is a typical renaissance chapel: is conserve the original floor in ceramic, a nice altarpiece and nice decorated ceiling.

Very nice are also the pulpit, the altar painting from Pollaiolo, the Madonna of Lippo Memmi. Other paintings complete the visit. This church worth the visit of a museum but it is easier. IT is the number one building to visit if you do not want to spend money in the cathedral.

Thank Gaetano C
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Outside temperatures were reaching 40*C (102*F), inside was cool with a wonderful sense of space; wonderful architecture; wonderful paintings and Murals and also maintained a real sense of the spiritual (as it might). Very well maintained; well worth a visit, however, it closes for lunch from c12.30 to 15.00.

1  Thank BerchmansG
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This lovely church is a great escape from the intense summer sun, once inside there are the most amazing paintings to be seen, don't forget to light a candle as you walk around and take the door to the left where you will find a a peaceful cloister area while looking around Try and find the black owl. A little off the beaten track but worth a visit.

Thank Glen H
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This little church is set in the middle of the town, has lots of picturesque steps leading to the entrance. It was obviously an old old church, but well kept. It was pretty but not ostentatious; a very quiet place in a busy city. Enjoyed the visit.

Thank bandmanjp
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