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Museum of the Contrada della Torre in Siena

Palio trophies and costumes are on display, as well as historic objects

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Siena
Via Salicotto, 76, 53100 Siena SI, Italia

The Museum of the Contrada della Torre in Siena is located in the headquarters of the contrada, or neighbourhood, in via Salicotto. The Oratory, dedicated to Saints James and Christopher, was built by the Fraternita della Concezione to celebrate the Camollia victory (1526), finished in 1536 and later renovated in the 1700s. It’s home to the Way to Calvary by Il Sodoma (early 16th century), a panel painting by Giovanni di Lorenzo (1545), a Crucifixion and a Beheading of St. James by Rutilio Manetti (17th century). The museum documents the history of the contrada with a display of the Palio trophies and costumes, as well as other décor. The museum also conserves important historic objects, including an Etruscan hypogeum tomb from the 2nd century BCE, a Roman-era cistern for collecting water, a stretch of wall from the 1200s and a 15th-centurt tank for holding grain.

Info: contradadellatorre.it

Siena
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. ...
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