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San Galgano Abbey
Abbazia San Galgano
43.149434° N, 11.155522° E

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  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    Throughout the Middle Ages, the monks of San Galgano were exceptionally powerful and played a major role in the affairs of nearby cities. Their many duties included resolving disputes between such cities as Siena and Volterra and even overseeing the construction of Siena Cathedral. The abbey declined in the 16th century due to a long period of corruption that culiminated with an abbot selling the lead from the church roof, which soon collapsed. The monastery was eventually abandoned and the church was deconsecrated. continue reading →

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  • Delightful Day Trips: Tuscan Abbeys and Siena

    Posted May 3, 2008 by Holly Hayes Part of: The Great European Road Trip

    From our base in San Gimignano we made two fantastic day trips south. The first (on Tuesday) was to the Abbey of San Galgano, about an hour's drive. The journey itself turned out to be a big part of the attraction - incredibly beautiful Tuscan scenery, nice winding roads, and little traffic. One part of the drive was…

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October 8, 2013
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July 11, 2014

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