The Collegiata dei Santi Michele e Giuliano (often just referred to as Collegiata di San Giuliano”) is a large neoclassical, Latin cross shaped structure with a portico, completed in 1860, in the town of Castiglion Fiorentino in Tuscany. The interior is composed of three aisles and features a large apse covered by a cupola. Its bell tower in sandstone was completed in 1930.
While much of the current building is modern, the church here acquired the title of “pieve” or parish church back in 1325. It was reconstructed in 1452 as the building was in bad condition, and was designed by Ser Giovanni di Nanni di Giunta, the rector of the Fraternita di Santa Maria della Misericordia. The building was upgraded to the title of Collegiata in 1501.
Inside the building is a fresco by Luca Signorelli (1502) showing the Lamentation of Christ, in the true dramatic style of the painter. Other notable decorations include a splendid altarpiece of the Madonna and Child enthroned and another of Saints Peter, Paul, Julius and Michael, both by Bartolomeo della Gatta (1486), the Maestà di Segna by Bonaventura (early 14th-century) and two 17th-century paintings by Salvi Castellucci.
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