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Piazza della Repubblica | Da Piazza Cahen seguire per Corso Cavour, Torre del Moro e Piazza della Repubblica, 05018, Orvieto, Italy
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Beautiful church, interesting tour

You will probably pass this church if you walk down the Corso Cavour, it's near the center of town... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CaliforniaBernadette
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California
UNUSUAL 12 SIDED TOWER

Another church in Italy. The tower is what I liked most with its unusual 12 sided shape. The... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Rosanne M
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Orlando, Florida
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This inscription is carved on a fragment of an arc of, perhaps, ciborium of early Christian basilica and is one of extraordinary artifacts visible in the basement of the church. The frieze is located in the space of the apse and the text of the inscription, which are preserved only words "Introibo ad altare Dei", is a usual formula of strips in running dogs that formerly adorned the altar or the different parts of the ciborium. The history of this building, and of our parish community, start from this entry and from the foundation stone of the basilica, where it is engraved with a simple, basic but charming cross. The history of a community and of a Divine Plan that takes place 3,000 years. God acts in human history and the community of today is the result of this action continued and loyal over time and how men have met, lived and represented in their existence. In this sense, then, our church in Orvieto is not only an extraordinary and unique monument built of stones, but it is also a continuous passage of testimony and faith among men. At the same time, it is also a call to individual responsibility to live their faith within a community, to preserve the memory of the faith of those who lived and walked the same places and to transmit this message to the generations that face. You are welcome!
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Piazza della Repubblica | Da Piazza Cahen seguire per Corso Cavour, Torre del Moro e Piazza della Repubblica, 05018, Orvieto, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will probably pass this church if you walk down the Corso Cavour, it's near the center of town. The church is beautiful and historic but even better is the tour of the extensive ancient remains beneath the church, conducted by an English-speaking Italian archeologist....More

Thank CaliforniaBernadette
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Another church in Italy. The tower is what I liked most with its unusual 12 sided shape. The outside is rather plain but nice. It is a good example of medieval architecture. The inside is also rather plain but it does have some nice frescoes.

Thank Rosanne M
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Just off the main square is this unspoilt medieval church with some original frescoes preserved. Cold on a windy March day so it must be good on a hot summer day!

Thank tmacquiban
Reviewed 29 December 2016

So impressive and unexpected. The layers uncovered here date back to the Bronze Age. Burial sites, Etruscan ruins, Roman roads, medieval, Gothic and renaissance architectural details await via a guided tour, led by a Ministry of Culture archeologist. The guide is mandatory-(once on the tour...More

2  Thank Gail M
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Really liked the tower of the Church with its twelve sided, very rare indeed. In the church to the left we were attracted by some interesting Romanesque paintings.

Thank RomaRenato
Reviewed 6 May 2016

It's interesting that a simple strong church like Saint Andrew can have a twelve sided twelve to 14 century tower of such dramatic opulence. It's a little like the tail wagging the dog until one gets inside and history quietly unfolds in many layers. It's...More

1  Thank preglad
Reviewed 12 April 2016

On main town piazza, very old stone church with old wooden beam ceiling. Very plain with minimal glass or artwork but charming nonetheless. Only takes a few minutes to visit

Thank onlaydoc
Reviewed 20 October 2015

We visited in the heat of a July afternoon. The church gas the most stunning stained glass window, mesmerising. A beautiful spot to sit and contemplate for a few quiet moments.

Thank Catherine T
Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

Entered this less well known church in Orvieto for a quick look; hardly anyone was in there. Just inside the door, to the right, we found a young man reading at the entrance to a descending stairway. He offered a tour of the ruins below...More

2  Thank Sandy M
Reviewed 22 August 2015

The church is nice but the real deal is below the floor :) there is an excavation showing the previous Roman church and Etruscan town on top of which the current church was built. The guided visit is the only option but for 5 euros...More

1  Thank Pier Luca L
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