Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Abbey of San Giusto, Volterra

The Camaldolite abbey and church were built in 1030 in the vicinity of the small church of San Giusto al Botro which conserved the relics of Saints Giusto and Clemente.

However in the sixteenth century, there was a major landslip. The abbey was partially destroyed. Its treasures and monks were moved to a building which was safer.

The abbey hosted the works of Giotto, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, De Witte, Franceschini, Mascagni and a rich collection of manuscripts and incunabula.

A Romanesque apse and the Medieval bell tower are all that remain of the church reduced to a ruin in 1895.

The ruin is in a parlous state. It sits precariously on the edge of the balze (cliffs). The site can be visited: but only at your own risk.

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