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The Parish Church of San Martino in Palaia

Palaia hosts architectural gem

Via della Pieve, 56036 Palaia PI

Visitors will delight in the Gothic and Roman elements they’ll discover in the parish church of San Martino located in Palaia’s via Pieve. This brick church hosts Romanesque and Gothic styles even though it was restored in the nineteenth century. Its façade hosts three portals and several small arches, while its large interior is divided into three naves with pillars that support lovely arches.

The church stands just outside the village and it regularly hosts major performances featuring music and singing. The church’s interior hosts a raised presbytery that opens up onto three chapels and an semi-decagonal apse. Its stone baptismal font once belonged to the church of Santa Maria in Ripezzano near Palaia, which was destroyed during the first half of the seventeenth century.


Palaia
TAKE IN THE ANCIENT TUSCAN TRADITIONS OF LIVELY RURAL COMMUNITIES AND EVOCATIVE ABANDONED VILLAGES
Palaia is one of the places richest with history in all of the Valdera, with origins stretching all the way back to the 4th century, as shown by the traces of Etruscan presence in the area. In the Early Middle Ages, the town’s castle, called Mons Magnifrido was already documented in 936. This fort’s strategic position was often a source of conflict between Florence, Pisa and Lucca. ...
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