San Galgano and the sword in the rock


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Montesiepiís Hermitage

The Rotonda or Hermitage of Montesiepi


The Round or Montesiepi's Hermitage was built right after the death of the saint, over the ancient hut where St. Galgano spent his last year of life.

The Hermitage was consecrated in 1185 by Volterra's bishop Ildebrando Pannocchieschi, with the imprimatur of Pope Lucio III.

Plain of Montesiepiís Hermitage Montesiepiís Hermitage

Lorenzettiís Chapel Ė The Round Ė The Sword in the Stone Ė The Tombstone


The little building is made up of the church, the chapel with Lorenzetti's frescos and the entrance pronaos.

The church is based on a circular plan, only broken off by the little apse.

The roof is constituted by a beautiful semi-spherical dome with alternate chromatic sectors.

Montesiepiís Hermitage

Inside, right at the centre of the Round, there is the famous St. Galgano's Sword, that has been in the stone for longer than 800 years.

Montesiepiís Hermitage

Now itís protected by a case.





Home Hermitage of Montesiepi The great Abbey The life of San Galgano
The Sword in the Rock The Chapel The Dome The Sacred Geometry
The Grave of Meryatum Chartres Church Photo gallery Accomodation in Merse Area



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