Monterchi - Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo a Padonchia
Places of worship

Monterchi and its churches

Architectural gems immersed in natural beauty

The church of San Simeone 
This church undoubtedly has very remote origins that date back to the high Middle Ages. In 1830, it was completely demolished and rebuilt by archpriest Valbonesi. Afterwards, it remained seriously damaged by an earthquake in 1917; successively it was completely rebuilt once more. Inside, you’ll find a lovely wooden crucifix from the XV century, a beautiful ciborium in polychrome terracotta from the fifteenth century, and a stone pulpit depicting Hercules killing the Hydra, created in sixteenth century.

Church of San Michele Arcangelo a Padonchia
Inside the church, you’ll find several very ancient architectural elements such as the four figured corbels which sustain the vault of the presbytery. There are two elegant Gothic arches on the right side and a Madonna and Child from the first half of 1400s, in addition to a noteworthy work depicting the Archangel Michael as a warrior battling against the devil. The church hosts many paintings depicting various other saints including saints Christopher and Sebastian.

Church of St. Apollinare la Villa del Poggio
This church probably dates back to the VII / VIII centuries and it boasts a Romanesque style. It can be divided into three distinct sections: its nave, semi-circular apse and bell gable that hosts seventeenth century decorative motifs.

Church of St. Michele Arcangelo a Pianezze
This church is located halfway up the Caianello mountain at an altitude of 410 m. Many features of its Romanesque style remain in tact including its ceiling with wooden rafters and its terracotta floors. In this church, you’ll find a remarkable fresco depicting the ‘Madonna della Misericordia’ from the XVI century which was restored in 1998. There is also a noteworthy ‘Pietà’ in polychromatic terracotta. 

Church of Santa Maria a Scandolaia 
The Church of Scandolaia lies near the ruins of the Montagutello castle, on the slopes of Mount Felcino. It dates back to at least the twelfth century. This church once hosted an ancient wooden icon of the Madonna and Child. In 1998, it was restored and placed in the church of Le Ville.
From frescoes of Piero della Francesca to the Museum of Weights and Scales
The medieval hamlet of Monterchi originates as a holy site for the ancient Romans, and was worshipped by the cult of Hercules. Today, the city is one of the must-see stops for visitors taking the “sentiero dell’arte”, the original artistic path that traces the journey of the art of Piero della Francesca. ...
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