Pieve di Santa Maria

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Pieve di Santa Maria information

Location
Arezzo , Italy
Address
Corso Italia 7
Opening hours
8.30am-12.30pm & 3-7pm May-Sep, to noon & 3-6pm Oct-Apr
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This 12th-century church (Arezzo's oldest) has a magnificent Romanesque arcaded facade adorned with dozens of carved columns, each uniquely decorated. Above the central doorway are 13th-century carved reliefs known as the Cyclo dei Mesi , which represent the months of the year. January's figure has two faces: one looks back on the previous year and the other looks forward.

Inside, the undoubted highlight is Pietro Lorenzetti's polyptych, Madonna and Saints (1320–24), beneath the semidome of the apse. Below the altar is a 14th-century silver bust reliquary of the city's patron saint, San Donato. Other treasures include a 13th-century crucifix by Margarito di Arezzo, which hangs near the door to the sacristy, and a fresco on a column behind the alter (left-hand side) of Saints Francesco and Domenico by Andrea di Nerio (1331–69).