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Chiesa di Santa Maria in Provenzano

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Chiesa di Santa Maria in Provenzano

71 Reviews
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Thomas Ozbun wrote a review Jan 2019
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions236 helpful votes
A nice Mannerist church, built in the 16th century, and located a bit out of the main centre far from the tourist crowds.
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Date of experience: February 2018
chrisv5101 wrote a review Dec 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom179 contributions67 helpful votes
Tucked away off the main streets near the San Sebastiano church,this can be easily missed but still worth a look.With so many wonderful sights in Siena,churches like this can be overlooked but it would be a shame to miss this one.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Birgit M wrote a review Sep 2018
9 contributions5 helpful votes
This is one of the most beautiful churches of Siena close to Via dei Rossi and you shouldn't miss it!
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Date of experience: September 2018
The Wandering Reviewer wrote a review May 2018
Melbourne, Australia9,523 contributions4,029 helpful votes
Having wandered around the beautiful city of Siena we literally came across this lovely gem without knowing what it was. Completely empty of people and yet it exuded such reverence, I'm still baffled as to why it wasn't full of people. There are plenty of Basillicas in Siena but this one was really lovely. Small and not ornate, it had a feeling of invitation and welcome to it that so many others don't. Wheelchair and kid friendly.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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westy54 wrote a review Sep 2017
Sydney, Australia6,488 contributions925 helpful votes
This beautiful church with a marble facade was built in a Mannerist design with a Latin cross format between 1595 and 1611. It was built as a Marion Shrine to a 14 century terracotta icon of the Madonna, the Madonna di Provenzano, around which it is believed several miracles have occurred. The icon is now housed in a special case on the main altar of the church. The Palio held on the 2nd of July each year is called the Palio de Provenzano in honour of the Madonna di Provenzano. The church itself is beautifully decorated with many frescoes and paintings in the 4 chapels, 2 either side of the main altar, the apse and the nave. The cupola has frescoes of the 4 saints of Siena. We have been inside this church on several occasions and still see something new on every occasion. On our last visit we were lucky enough to be there when a concert was being held by a youth orchestra from Calabria. The orchestra and singers were excellent, as was the acoustics. The church is located in the territory of the Giraffa Contrada and therefore was covered in Giraffa flags following that Contrada's win in the 2 July 2017 Palio.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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