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The Basilica of St. Francis - the church of Piero della Francesca

The legend of the True Cross The Basilica of San Francesco was built after 1322 and acquired a considerable reputation around 1450, when it was given to Piero della Francesca office to complete the decoration of the choir began to previously Bicci of Lawrence, who died leaving the work unfinished.

The theme chosen for the wall frescoes was "Legend of the True Cross", where Piero della Francesca was able to give the subject of dramatic stretches well adapted to the contemplative personality of the artist, going to create a unique and unparalleled in its entirety in any other cycle of frescoes.
Tourists will notice that the episodes are not prepared to scale narrative, because the artist has chosen to place it by following the principles of symmetry.

The chapel of the church, has suffered considerable damage along the years, and moisture was heavily damaged areas and did remove the color from some parties. Despite everything, the tourist has the opportunity to admire one of the greatest masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, thanks mainly to a work of restoration lasted over ten years. The frescoes are also clearly visible from the nave of the church, but recommend to tourists to get as close as possible to appreciate the real beauty and mystics.

Useful information for tourists

Basilica di San Francesco, Arezzo To access over the steps of you must purchase a ticket, while the frescoes can be visited with guided tours every 30 minutes on request. All year round except during the summer months, you can book in person at the ticket window just outside the church at least 1 hour prior to entry.
Price: 5.10 euros
Guided tours: 25 people every 30 minutes
Booking: 0575 900 404
Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:00. Sunday 09:00 - 13:00


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