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"Chiesa di San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno" Chiesa di San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno - Church Tip by aliante1981


800-900 - main edifice is built
805 - foundation is constructed
1148 - the church is reconsacrated by Pope Eugenio III
Mid-19th century - restructuring
1943 - like many Italian buildings, the church is heavily damaged during the bombardments.
2nd half of 20th century - restoration

People also call the church Duomo Vecchio (or, the Old Cathedral). But what I saw was not actually as old as the timeline shows, because there have been many transformations during the ages. The faýade of this cross-shaped (by this I mean a Latin cross) building, which goes back to the 13th century, is similar to that of the todayýs Duomo with three orders of small loggias, five blind arcades, and three portals. Hmmmý This sounds a bit like an maths questioný You know, calculate the total number of architectural detailsý and so on:)))

The lateral walls and the apse are much older than the faýade, being the oldest (if I am not very wrong) parts of the church. But itýs younger than a Roman sarcophagus which happened to be there for a reason I do not know. According to Vasari the church was entirely covered with frescoes by Cimabue and Simone Martini, which, unfortunately, suffered during the bombardments.

Address: Piazza San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2003
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