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Basilica della Madonna dell'Umilta Pistoia
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Among the most interesting sacred buildings in Tuscany is the Basilica of Our Lady of Humility. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Lost for words

On holiday with three teenagers can be an ordeal. The only time they are likely to be silent is... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
gerben v
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Among the most interesting sacred buildings in Tuscany is the Basilica of Our Lady of Humility. The beautiful sixty meters high dome is the work of Giorgio Vasari from the 16th century. The church has an octagonal plan and is preceded by a beautiful vestibule, covered by a barrel vault. It is the most important Renaissance building in the city, containing the beautiful decorations and some nice paintings in its interior. Don’t miss this one, it is a real gem of the city!

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

On holiday with three teenagers can be an ordeal. The only time they are likely to be silent is when they eat or have a screen in front their faces.

Or... when you walk into Basilica della Madonna dell’Umità. At least, this happened to us.

The building is really impressive. You enter through a vestibule humbling you by the sheer size of it. On the wall are eight fresco’s, partly about why this building was built. You can find the explanation on a sheet on the table between the vestibule and the grand room.

Being humbled by the size of the vestibule, you enter the main room. Here you feel ant-like under a 63 meter high dome. Some very Nice paintings on all sides and finally what we came to see. The gorgeous fresco of the Madonna dell’Umità.

I might be swept away by the drama of the building, but what a church!

Most important, it kept the kids silent for an quarter of an hour and their was no obligatory admission fee.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Pistoia, formerly an autonomous municipality, soon lost (since the beginning of the 14th century) its independence, because the great nearby city of Florence; so the splendor of its medieval architecture contrasts with the shortage of Renaissance architectures: into the Renaissance period (15th century and after) it is fully subject to Florence and dependent on it.
This basilica, however, is an exception, in the sense that it's the most important Renaissance architecture in Pistoia. Entering into the atrium of the church you might suppose to be transported to a typical, elegant interior of the first Florentine Renaissance, with dark-colored arches that stand out on white vaults. The feeling is correct: the atrium's designer (if not the builder) is the famous Giuliano da Sangallo.
Instead, the church core, the octagon that holds the dome, doesn't resemble any of the most renowned Renaissance architectures I know: it consists of three overlapping orders, always featuring an elegant white / dark bicromes, supporting a dome imitated by the famous one of Florence's Cathedral. The dome, however, in this case is due to Giorgio Vasari and then to Bartolomeo Ammannati (hence it is from the second half of the 16th century).
I noticed that the dome has seemingly static problems, because it is woven at its base by several steel cables to overcome the tendency it probably has to collapse under its own weight. The more you can appreciate Brunelleschi's genius, who has avoided the dome of Florence these problems.

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Reviewed 9 August 2015

the first miracle happened when the Madonna on the fresco on the wall cried (tears were seen to have come out of her eyes, like in Medjugorie these days). The second miracle is that the tears didn't run straight down, but made a bend in order to avoid the figure of holy Jesus. The result is that, like the Berlin wall, they took a large chunk of wall out and placed it on the main altar! That is the fresco you see today on the altar, a humble Madonna sitting on the ground and breast-feeding baby Jesus. The "popolo" (ordinary folk) liked this picture because humble people could identify with humble Madonna.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

If you are in Pistoia this is worth a visit. The entrance looks very modest but inside it is a bit like the Medici chapel in Florence. It is a large, octagonal basilica-the third largest in the world according to our guide at the cathedral tour. There are the usual huge paintings and the ornate decorations you expect in a Catholic chapel and it is all very impressive. The madonna herself is the charming centrepiece of the basilica. I would allow 20 minutes for the visit.

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