San Galgano Abbey
The remains of one of Italy’s most beautiful Cistercian churches, an abbey founded in the late 12th century can be found in San Galgano in the municipality of Chiusdino (SI), along the road to Massa Marittima.
The large Gothic church was built between 1218 and1288, but began to go to ruin as early as the 1500s.
Its unfinished façade is amazing, as are its lateral walls and the apse, with their single and double lancet windows.
The majestic interior, now overgrown with grass, boasts three naves on cross pillars. The central nave, once under a vaulted ceiling that has since collapsed, would have been flooded with sunlight.
The Capitular hall, the Monks’ hall, and a part of the cloister are all remain of the monastery.
On the nearby hill is the lovely little church of San Galgano, a truly unique Romanesque structure with a circular layout (12th century), where beautiful fifteenth-century Lorenzetti frescoes can still be seen in the little chapel.
Abbey of San Galgano
53012 Chiusdino SI