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  • Santa Maria Assunta - San Gimignano
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  • il Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta) - San Gimignano

Known simply as il Duomo, la Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta is the main church in San Gimignano. It was once a cathedral, but was reduced to a collegiate when San Gimignano lost its bishop. Although the construction of the existing structure began in 1056 AD, the church was not consecrated until 1148 AD. Over the centuries, several additions and expansions occurred, including the 15th century work on its interior. The plain brick façade conceals a beautiful polychromatic interior with rich artwork. The basilica was originally dedicated to San Gimignano, but was later rededicated to Santa Maria Assunta.

Address: Piazza del Duomo

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  • Updated Jun 21, 2009
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