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Museum of the Contrada of the Chiocciola (Snail)

A display of sacred decor in the Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo in Siena

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The Museum of the Contrada of the Chiocciola in Siena is located in the crypt of the Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo, dating back to the 17th century, restored in the 1800s and the contrada’s oratory since 1815.

Within the section for sacred décor, there are liturgical items from the 15th-17th centuries, while in the Hall of Victories the Palio banners won by the contrada  are on display, along with masgalani, trophies awarded for the most elegant procession, many objects related to the Palio and previously worn ceremonial costumes, created in 1878, 1904, 1925 and 1957.

In the church you can admire paintings by Andrea and Raffaello del Brescianino (16th century), Ventura Salimbeni and Astolfo Petrazzi. In the sacred decor hall, a monumental 19th-century wooden residenza stands out, a lectern with an 18th-century tetramorph and an antiphonary from 1732.

Info: contradadellachiocciola.it

Where not a single stone has changed down the centuries
Siena shines perfectly from a distance in its medieval magnificence. The three hills amid which the city rests rise up like an idyllic film set, the old boundaries soften like the past into a countryside that sometimes still seem like the scene painted by Ambrosia Lorenzetti in the Allegory of Good Government in the halls of Siena's city hall. ...