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Pieve dei Santi Stefano e Giovanni Montopoli in Val d'Arno
Photo © Mongolo1984
Photo © Mongolo1984

Parish Church of Santi Giovanni Evangelista e Stefano, Montopoli in Val d'Arno

Places of worship

An impressive Gothic church in piazza delle Pieve

The Church of Santi Giovanni Evangelista e Stefano in Montopoli in Val d’Arno dates to the early fourteenth century, although it has been reworked several times over time, particularly as a result of two incidents that damaged it: an attack by Pisans in the late fifteenth century and another by Charles V’s troops in 1529.

The decorated terracotta arches and the striking bell tower now remain from the original church, as too does the inner single-nave structure and the stone side altars. Some religious artwork can be found inside the building, such as canvases by Francesco Curradi, Orazio Fidani and Iacopo Vignali, depicting a Madonna of the Rosary among saints, the Immaculate Conception and the Progenitors, and a Resurrection. The side walls of the church are frescoed with Stories of the Prodigal Son by Antonio Luigi Gajoni. The marble font in one of the side chapels is interesting to see.