Duomo

Duomo, Montepulciano

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Kroulak
Brno, Czech Republic3,731 contributions
Avarage
Sep 2020 • Family
We walk in thrue the service and full respect quite/silence,but the staff take as away because...ok,not something special.
Written 5 September 2020
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JeanPaulBelmondo
Basel, Switzerland583 contributions
Rich history
Jul 2019
This Duomo is originating from medieval times. It's very spacious but also sober inside which is also due to the fact that during the war there was a fierce german resistence against the allied forces and thereby much of the buildings and arts were destroyed and this happened also to the duomo.
Written 14 February 2020
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Jim_atl
Atlanta, Georgia1,008 contributions
Nothing Special
Oct 2019
I went in this cathedral while visiting Montepulciano during a private tour. The cathedral was not finished on the outside and is just bricks. The inside is rather plain, especially compared to so many other cathedrals in Italy. A quick visit is probably sufficient.
Written 27 October 2019
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palmpirate
British Columbia, Canada555 contributions
Beautiful interior
Oct 2019 • Friends
Funds must have run out to finish this building but no expense spared inside! Really lovely pieces of different eras. Don’t miss the ceramic one with the lovely blue and green glazes.
Written 17 October 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Great backdrop to Piazza Grande
Oct 2019
Montepulciano's duomo makes an interesting backdrop to Piazza Grande with its rough and unfinished-looking stonework. While there's a lovely triptych inside it's not the most interesting or impressive church you'll ever see (although look out for St Thaddeus in the triptych - it's actually a self-portrait by the artist Taddeo di Bartolo!). But if you're sitting in the Piazza for coffee or lunch admiring the fortress-like Duomo then it would be very rude not to go in for a quick look before departing.
Written 9 October 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,666 contributions
Unfinished and unadorned facade. Austere interior though has some lovely altars and some important artwork.
Jun 2019
The Duomo which is officially the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, is a 16th century structure that took more than 50 years to build and even then they didn't finish the facade. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1586 but it was not consecrated until 1712. The Cathedral was built over the remains of an early parish church, the only surviving structure from that church being the 15th century bell tower whose belfry was never finished. This bell tower sits beside the Cathedral.

The external facade of the Cathedral is of unadorned brick, that has three portals, one smaller portal either side of the larger central portal. There is a small rectangular window (two in total) high up on the facade above each of the smaller portals and a larger stained glass window high up above the main portal.

The interior structure has three naves in a Latin Cross plan. The central nave is separated from the naves either side by large pillars that support round arches. The central nave has a barrel vaulted ceiling whilst the ceilings of the two side aisle are cross vaulted. The ceilings and walls are largely unadorned.

There is an important triptych of the Assunta dating from the 15th century that hangs above the high altar but this was covered during our visit as it is obviously being restored. There are several other important paintings including a beautiful 15th century picture of the Madonna and Child by Sano di Pietro, however we subsequently were advised that this is a copy with the original being held in the Museo Civico. There were some lovely polychrome marble chapels and some colourful stained glass windows but overall this was not a memorable cathedral and certainly not a must see..
Written 5 October 2019
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John B
Toronto, Canada2,968 contributions
An interesting exterior
Aug 2019
The Montepulciano Duomo is different from most churches we saw in Tuscany in that the facade was almost entirely unfinished; in fact it looked more like a fortress than a place of worship. The sides are finished with brick and travertine blocks. Inside, the church is somewhat austere but also has a beauty in the lines of the arches and vaulted ceiling. Definitely worth a quick look and there's no charge to enter.
Written 10 August 2019
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Heli K
Lappeenranta, Finland1,207 contributions
More interesting from outside than inside
May 2019 • Friends
In my opinion the 16th century cathedral itself is not worth climbing up the hill. And the cathedral is more interesting and more beautiful from outside than inside. But the piazza where the cathedral is situated definitely is worth climbing. Together with the palazzos, town hall and fountain, the cathedral forms an unique whole.
Written 31 May 2019
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steve y
Siren, WI246 contributions
Beautiful Church
Apr 2019 • Family
Some of the best sites in Italy are the churches! Many are free and the pictures, statues, and buildings are better than going to a muesum. You can spend all the time in them and learn more history of Italy.
Written 14 April 2019
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K P 13
Tallahassee, FL319 contributions
Beautiful Artwork -- Interesting church --
Apr 2019 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. The art work is beautiful. The church is unique from other churches in Italy. Lovely --
Written 9 April 2019
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