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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea
Ranked #11 of 64 things to do in Orvieto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This inscription is carved on a fragment of an arc of, perhaps, ciborium of early Christian basilica and is one of extraordinary artifacts visible in the basement of the church. The frieze is located in the space of the apse and the text of the inscription, which are preserved only words "Introibo ad altare Dei", is a usual formula of strips in running dogs that formerly adorned the altar or the different parts of the ciborium. The history of this building, and of our parish community, start from this entry and from the foundation stone of the basilica, where it is engraved with a simple, basic but charming cross. The history of a community and of a Divine Plan that takes place 3,000 years. God acts in human history and the community of today is the result of this action continued and loyal over time and how men have met, lived and represented in their existence. In this sense, then, our church in Orvieto is not only an extraordinary and unique monument built of stones, but it is also a continuous passage of testimony and faith among men. At the same time, it is also a call to individual responsibility to live their faith within a community, to preserve the memory of the faith of those who lived and walked the same places and to transmit this message to the generations that face. You are welcome!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

Simple but nice basilica. It's nice to start your trip to Orvieto with this church. beautiful pulpit and some fresco's

Visited August 2014
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Staunton, Virginia
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201 reviews
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“Unusual Romanesque Chruch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

This church, located by Piazza della Repubblica, is a beautiful and rare example of central Italian Romanesque architecture. A papal coronation took place here. The tower is especially memorable. It has 16 sides!

Visited April 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Beneath the streets is the original city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

We visited the Church of St Andrew and Bartholomew and after enjoying the medieval atmosphere with frescoes remaining on the wall we noticed the small sign and gate tucked in the front corner of the church. The sign said "tour in progress" and we were curious about a tour to what. That question was answered in a few minutes when a coupled emerged from the stairway with a guide. To go below and see the original Etruscan building site, then the early Christian church built on top recycling the building materials from the former civilization was impressive. Our guide was an archeological graduate student who spoke wonderful English and explained all the Etruscan settlement....the roads, homes, sarcophagi then the mosaics of the early Christian church because a lot of the original floor survived. The patterns all have meaning incorporating the older beliefs into the newer Christian ones. The tour was well worth the time because we had no idea how extensive underground Orvieto was.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Victoria L
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dallas, tx
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“Great underground ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

I loved the underground ruins at this church. I did not realized they existed until I went in to look at the church itself. There is a tour guide to show you through the ruins and the information he provides is fascinating. I consider this a must see in Orvieto.

Visited May 2014
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Santa Fe
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“Sculpture lovers' paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

It's a hike from the convenient center of Orvieto, but well worth the effort if you love sculpture. The interior is, essentially, a gallery of sculpture from BCE to the Renaissance. The displays are well-labeled, and helpful to a visitor who has some knowledge of art.

Visited November 2013
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