Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sant' Antimo

After visiting Montalcino we stopped by the Abbey of Sant' Antimo nearby. The church is first recorded in a deed from the year 813 but it is believed to have been founded by Charlemagne. It is a magnificent example of French-Tuscan Romanesque architecture. It derives its French style because of the fact that it was built by French monks from the famous Benedictine monastery of Cluny.
Inside was this Nativity scene made of statues from the 13th century.
One of the small side altars.
Another one..
And a shot of the main altar and interior of the church.

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