In 1416, the church of Sant’Andrea in Castello inherited the title of a suppressed convent dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Until 1837, the Church of Montescudaio boasted two different names; it was called ‘the parish church of Sant’Andrea’ and the ‘monastery of Santa Maria Assunta’. An earthquake destroyed the high part of the town in 1846, including the church. Thus, new church was built from 1854 to 1857. The new structure is larger than the original and it boasts a Latin-cross plan which is completed by an apse. Its facade faces westward and it is preceded by a wide staircase. Inside, you’ll find a painted marble statue from the eighteenth century which depicts ‘San Francesco di Paola’. Viewers can also admire a seventeenth century painting of the ‘Annunciation’, attributed to the Venetian school.
(Source: Pisa Tourist Information Office)