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An important monument

The recently restored church was built in the 13th century on the ruins of Roman thermal baths. It... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Borzov
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Rijeka, Croatia
Great church with relics

One of the most historical churches in Cortona , inside there are various works of art & relics... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Phil570
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s amazing when you see buildings that seem almost untouched for hundreds of years. This is not a super large church by the standards we’ve seen on our trip but is definitely interesting. And having seen so many decorated ceilings the plain timber here is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The recently restored church was built in the 13th century on the ruins of Roman thermal baths. It was built by Brother Elias, the head of the Franciscan order and the successor of Saint Francis. His tomb as well as the tomb of Luca Signorelli,...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

One of the most historical churches in Cortona , inside there are various works of art & relics including a fragment of the Holy Cross brought by Brother Elia from Constantinople. There are also some objects that belonged to St Francis od Assisi and the...More

Thank Phil570
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We stayed right next to this church which looks quite insignificant from the outside. Inside it’s quite large and importantly has links with Francis of Assisi. It also has a case containing splinters from the cross of Christ.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Very interesting on the inside concerning saint Francis, as I viewed his tunic I thought how different from the wealthy modern religious leaders of today. Very nice and worth a stop as you head up to the top of the hill/city

Thank currycook
Reviewed 16 March 2018

The highlight of this small church is St. Francis's tunic, bible and pillow as well as the view. It would have been a much better experience if the info was in English as our Italian is primitive and it takes a lot of time to...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Delightful church to spend some time in. Also in this church is a preserved fragment of the Holy Cross, in a reliquary of Byzantine work in ivory and silver. I

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

We took in a visit to this church .Its a very beautiful church steeped in history, its also very peaceful tranquil and serene

Thank happycouple090
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This simple 13C church is a peaceful stop on the way up to Santa Margherita. It has some artifacts, a piece of the cross as well as San Francesco's tunic. Well worth a stop.

Thank TravelerMikePlano
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This simple church is lovely - very simple for a church of its importance and seemingly tucked into a corner of the hill. Here you will find a piece of the Holy Cross -- the one on which Jesus was crucified - which is now...More

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