San Domenico Church

San Domenico Church, Arezzo

San Domenico Church
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westy54
By westy54
Small 13th century church with an important painted Crucifix and a number of frescoes in various states of repair.
Jul 2019
Construction of this small stone church with a Gothic style facade and bell tower was commenced in 1265 and was completed during the 14th century. The facade was being renovated when we visited so much of it was covered but you could see from the photo outside that it was largely unadorned except for a rose window above the only portal that was covered by a porch. Internally the church had a single nave with a wooden trussed ceiling. There were a number of frescoes, many dating from the 14th century, around the walls, however unfortunately a good number of them had suffered various degrees of damage over the centuries. The high altar sits in front of a Gothic style chapel with a lancet arch that also has a small vaulted ceiling and three long stained glass windows. There are two smaller chapels, each with a smaller lancet arch and one stained glass window on either side of the high altar. The main attraction in the church though is the large wonderful Crucifix, painted in 1265 by the Italian painter Cimabue. It was stated that there were lights which you could turn on to highlight the features of the Crucifix, presumably with the donation of money, however after about 10 minutes of searching we gave up. The church was located along one of the streets that lead to our car park so therefore worth a look, particularly for the Crucifix, but not sure I would rate this as a must see.

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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,776 contributions
Small 13th century church with an important painted Crucifix and a number of frescoes in various states of repair.
Jul 2019
Construction of this small stone church with a Gothic style facade and bell tower was commenced in 1265 and was completed during the 14th century. The facade was being renovated when we visited so much of it was covered but you could see from the photo outside that it was largely unadorned except for a rose window above the only portal that was covered by a porch.

Internally the church had a single nave with a wooden trussed ceiling. There were a number of frescoes, many dating from the 14th century, around the walls, however unfortunately a good number of them had suffered various degrees of damage over the centuries.

The high altar sits in front of a Gothic style chapel with a lancet arch that also has a small vaulted ceiling and three long stained glass windows. There are two smaller chapels, each with a smaller lancet arch and one stained glass window on either side of the high altar.

The main attraction in the church though is the large wonderful Crucifix, painted in 1265 by the Italian painter Cimabue. It was stated that there were lights which you could turn on to highlight the features of the Crucifix, presumably with the donation of money, however after about 10 minutes of searching we gave up.

The church was located along one of the streets that lead to our car park so therefore worth a look, particularly for the Crucifix, but not sure I would rate this as a must see.
Written 27 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Frances S
Ashford, UK454 contributions
Rather bleak
Sep 2019
Disappointingly bleak and under heavy repair outside; the inside was rather dark and depressing, with a particularly poignant Cimabue crucifixion. Dd not persevere to activate the lighting system so left without seeing much of the frescoes as we wanted to see several churches in a short visit.
Written 5 October 2019
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Bel
10 contributions
A Romanesque treasure
Apr 2019 • Friends
It is one of the most authentic Romanesque-Gothic church in Tuscany with an original wooden ceiling.
Written 26 April 2019
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NurseRoodaal
Cape Naturaliste, Australia377 contributions
Nice old church
Jan 2019 • Solo
There are some very old frescoes in this quiet little church for which it is famous. A little off the main track and down the hill this church is worth a visit, especially when you then compare it with the other, more elaborate, churches in town.
Written 30 January 2019
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia4,387 contributions
Nice Gothic facade
Sep 2018 • Couples
The medieval church was built from 1275 and completed in the 14th century. It is built in a typical Tuscan Gothic style and dedicated to Saint Dominic, a Castilian priest and a patron saint of astronomers. There are several very precious frescoes in its interior, the most notable being a painted crucifix by Cimabue, the Italian painter, from the 13th century.
Written 18 October 2018
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Gary H
Bloomington, IN563 contributions
Small but beautiful stained glass windows
Sep 2018 • Couples
A bit out of the way for most, we happened upon San Domenico on our way out of Arezzo. Not large nor ornate, it offers a brief, peaceful stop.
Written 3 September 2018
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Paul B
Abbotsford, Canada848 contributions
A local church ...
May 2018 • Couples
One of the many churches in Arezzo, this is one of the smaller ones. However, it has lots of character and less ornate decorations.
Written 29 June 2018
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ManiagoRina
maniago139 contributions
fabulous church with famous cross
May 2018 • Couples
the famous cross had a audio which shed much light on the symbolism of the cross it was well worth 1euro, the whole church was the first from the Dominican friars. Just a small but incredible information about the church who why ect I loved it!!!!
Written 11 May 2018
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David Spiel
NYC187 contributions
Not the reason to go to Arezzo but...
Nov 2017 • Solo
Not the reason to go to Arezzo but as long as you are there, why not visit this lovely church before or after St. Francis. Because near to the cenotaph is Piero della Francesca's Mary Magdalene (1460s).

You can see a video of this church in Dave's Arezzo File at my YouTube channel: Art and Travel by Dave.
Written 3 May 2018
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Zi0Bobby
Angera, Italy41 contributions
You feel history in this little church
Dec 2017 • Family
How feel history around you sightseeing this simple church with wall entirely painted by wonderful pics and the Big cross with Jesus in the middle of it just over you.
Written 4 January 2018
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