In the 15C the Collegiata was extended and among the additions was a special chapel to its local Santa Fina (who died in 1253).The chapel has two paintings of her deathbed and her funeral painted by Ghirlandaio. Inn the central part of the church there are also several works by Benozzo Gozzoli.
The inner surface of the west facade is covered with frescos depicting Paradise, the Last Judgement and vigorous scenes of Hell. The outer aisle walls are covered with Bible scenes of the Old (left) and New Testaments (right). The facade is the work of Taddeo di Bartolo, while the Old Testament is done by Bartolo di Fredi. Some think the right wall was mostly done by Barna di Siena until he fell to his death while creating the Crucifixion. (Alternately the work is attributed to Lippi Memmi and his family).
Inside the nave of the church, it resembles most Tuscan churches of the 12 and 13 C with usually seven lateral arches created of alternating white and dark stone. Above this are Byzantine decorations covering the upper inner nave walls. These are topped by small clerestory windows yielding a dark interior, A narrow window is on the east wall and in front of it is large wooden crucifix.
The major church of the town is at the highest part of the city on the east side of the Piazza del Duomo at the top of a tall staircase. It was bullt in 1239 and originally had a nave and two aisles.and is quite plain on the outside. It has entry doors at the lateral ends of the west facade and a small upper window.
When we went to San Gimignano, the Collegiate Church was closed. But, we knew that this church has many sculptures and wooden statues inside that were works of art. There are also frescoes inside which make this church a beautiful church.
This church was consecrated in 1148. According to the history of this church, it has frescoes made by Tadeo di Bartolo.
It also has frescoes like the "The Old and New Testatment", and the "The Last Judgment.
Known simply as il Duomo, la Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta is the main church in San Gimignano. It was once a cathedral, but was reduced to a collegiate when San Gimignano lost its bishop. Although the construction of the existing structure began in 1056 AD, the church was not consecrated until 1148 AD. Over the centuries, several additions and expansions occurred, including the 15th century work on its interior. The plain brick façade conceals a beautiful polychromatic interior with rich artwork. The basilica was originally dedicated to San Gimignano, but was later rededicated to Santa Maria Assunta.
When you're in San Gimignano, be sure to swing by the Collegiata, the town's central church. It's a small cathedral that's been deconsecrated & serves more as a museum now. You'll pay a small fee to see the interior but it's worth the price - the frescoe's are quite impressive! They're the same ones that our heroines from the fictional film "Tea With Mussolini" saved from destruction by the Germans during WWII.
The Collegiata (Cathedral) is the main church in town and it is located on Piazza del Duomo. (It is not officially a cathedral these days as it no longer has a bishop, though it is still called a cathedral everywhere you read).
The Romanesque cathedral was consecrated in the 12th century, though the façade you see today dates from the 13th century. The outside is very plain, but inside is another story. The interior is covered with impressive 14th century frescoes, which cover the walls, telling stories of days gone by.
The Collegiata is actually one of Tuscany's most decorated churches, and is therefore well worth the admission fee (3.50 euro in Sep 2006).
Historically, the heart of San Gimignano has always been Piazza del Duomo. It is the place where all celebrations took place, and today it still remains one of the meeting places in town.
The square is home to the Collegiata (cathedral), though it is not officially a cathedral anymore as it no longer has a bishop. The outside is very plain, but the inside is covered with impressive frescoes.
In the square you will also see the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), with the tall Torre Grossa, the highest tower remaining in San Gimignano, which you can climb and enjoy the stunning views.
The second tower in the square is the Torre della Rognosa which is connected to the 13th century Palazzo del Podesta. You can also check out the Museo d'Arte Sacra, which has a collection of medieval religious art.
When we visited the piazza, the Collegiata was the site of a wedding. The happy couple were standing on the steps and it seemed like the whole town had come out to see the newlyweds. The square was filled with well wishes who applauded the happy couple.
The Collegiata is located over a stair in Piazza del Duomo. It was built in 1056 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. It was restored in 1460 by Giuliano da Maiano.
Inside the church has got three aisles and on the walls and the roof there are wonderful frescoes which were restored after the daming in the Second War World.
On the white facade there are two gateways and three circular windows.
The walls and the roof inside the Collegiata are full of wonderful frescoes. On the wall of the facade you can see the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian made by Benozzo Gozzoli. The walls of the aisles are painted with scenes of the Old and New Testament made by Lippo and Federico Memmi. On the roof there are frescos made by Ghirlandaio
The Collegiate Church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, was built in Romanesque style in the 11th century. The front facade of this three naves building is very simple, almost undecorated at all, but the interior is rich of numerous art treasures. Probably the most valuable are two wooden statues carved by Jacopo della Quercia, the Chapel of Saint Fina by Giuliano da Maiano which is the jewel of Renaissance art, and above all frescoe scenes from the New Testament which should be attributed to Simone Martini. This frescoes are considered a milestone of Italian Gothic art.