Santa Maria del Calcinaio

Santa Maria del Calcinaio, Cortona

Santa Maria del Calcinaio
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Built in 1485 by engineer and architect Francesco di Giorgio (1439-1501,) this church is a fine example of Renaissance architecture with its octagonal-domed shape.
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DayTrip605156
Leuven, Belgium5 contributions
Nice building harmonious building but less important pieces of art
Jun 2021
The building itself is worth the visit ( although not always open to the public). The art pieces in the building are less important and average. Some need restoration. A general refreshment of the atmosphere could bring somewhat " more hapiness" in this building !
Written 4 July 2021
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia4,387 contributions
The Renaissance jewel
Sep 2018 • Friends
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio was built by the Shoemakers Guild in the 15th century, as they had lime basins for curing leather in the close vicinity. It is considered to be one of the most important masterpieces of the Renaissance architecture with a Latin cross plan and an elegant dome. The church is a beautiful sight, but its interior is even more breathtaking, and it is worth the visit on the way to Cortona.
Written 26 September 2018
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Mark107
Aurora, CO900 contributions
Often Overlooked
Oct 2017 • Couples
Wonderful historic church often missed on the trek up the hill to town. Watch for the driveway to your left as you see the church; it is hard to miss. The folks inside are very nice and will give you the details. Worth a short visit!
Written 29 October 2017
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WillMarks
Brighton, UK186 contributions
Hidden gem just below the historic town of Cortona - great at sunset
Sep 2017 • Family
As said in other reviews, the church from the outside is vast but looks like it could be abandoned. We passed it on the road up into Cortona for dinner one evening and decided to detour off and stop by. There was a service going on at the time in the church but we could still appreciate the amazing church and its views. The view out across the Tuscan countryside was one of the best of our trip!
Written 21 September 2017
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kathfootball
LaBelle, FL79 contributions
A beautiful place for a sunset
Aug 2017 • Friends
Our driver Dejan took us here for a surprise sunset party one night on our way to dinner. What a beautiful setting. We had champaign and watched the sun set with our friends. This place is just full of history and charm. Take time to see this place.
Written 10 August 2017
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Kevin D
Summerland, CA73 contributions
Beautiful piece of history....
Jul 2016
It is very nice to see some old buildings in their original state, this landmark has not had much restoration done to it and is not well visited. If you have an afternoon in Cortona and are looking to experience some old world architecture, this is worth the visit.
Written 2 January 2017
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Paul B
New York,68 contributions
Large church just outside the city
Sep 2016 • Couples
This church initially looked abandoned. It is just outside the city. The inside is neat and in good repair. It appears to be larger than the Duomo in Cortona
Written 29 September 2016
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
Don't drive by
Sep 2016 • Friends
This church is located on the way to Cortona and worth of stopping. You enter by car from above, drive down one way, exit below.
They started to build the church 1485 and finished 1513 and surrounded by some olive trees and cemetery. It is interesting also to walk through small Italian cemetery to see how locals remember their passed ones.
Written 25 September 2016
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Bellgirl3
Chandler, AZ3 contributions
Beautiful Church
May 2016
This church is right by the Villa - a great place to check out. Down the hill from the town of Cortona
Written 2 June 2016
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LHOVancouver
Vancouver, Canada988 contributions
Moving little cathedrale with fascinating Cemetery adjacent...
Jan 2016 • Couples
While just out of town on one of the feeder routes up to Cortona, this small Duomo reveals the sweetness of Cortona's spiritual life. The inside is a little bit dark but you feel the spirit's presence. The cemetery is a few meters up the hillside, but a great look at Cortona history and culture. Good luck and enjoy!
Written 16 January 2016
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