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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea

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Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 05018, Orvieto, Italy
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This inscription is carved on a fragment of an arc of, perhaps, ciborium of...

This inscription is carved on a fragment of an arc of, perhaps, ciborium of early Christian basilica and is one of extraordinary artifacts visible in the basement of the church.

The frieze is located in the space of the apse and the text of the inscription, which are preserved only words "Introibo ad altare Dei", is a usual formula of strips in running dogs that formerly adorned the altar or the different parts of the ciborium.

The history of this building, and of our parish community, start from this entry and from the foundation stone of the basilica, where it is engraved with a simple, basic but charming cross. The history of a community and of a Divine Plan that takes place 3,000 years.

God acts in human history and the community of today is the result of this action continued and loyal over time and how men have met, lived and represented in their existence.

In this sense, then, our church in Orvieto is not only an extraordinary and unique monument built of stones, but it is also a continuous passage of testimony and faith among men. At the same time, it is also a call to individual responsibility to live their faith within a community, to preserve the memory of the faith of those who lived and walked the same places and to transmit this message to the generations that face.

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very rare twelve-sided tower

Really liked the tower of the Church with its twelve sided, very rare indeed. In the church to the left we were attracted by some interesting Romanesque paintings.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2016
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just off the main square is this unspoilt medieval church with some original frescoes preserved. Cold on a windy March day so it must be good on a hot summer day!

Thank tmacquiban
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

So impressive and unexpected. The layers uncovered here date back to the Bronze Age. Burial sites, Etruscan ruins, Roman roads, medieval, Gothic and renaissance architectural details await via a guided tour, led by a Ministry of Culture archeologist. The guide is mandatory-(once on the tour you'll understand why), who is bi lingual and very knowledgeable. It is really a must... More 

1 Thank Gail M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Really liked the tower of the Church with its twelve sided, very rare indeed. In the church to the left we were attracted by some interesting Romanesque paintings.

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

It's interesting that a simple strong church like Saint Andrew can have a twelve sided twelve to 14 century tower of such dramatic opulence. It's a little like the tail wagging the dog until one gets inside and history quietly unfolds in many layers. It's all here : the underpinning of Velzana as the Etruscans called Orvieto, the caves which... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

On main town piazza, very old stone church with old wooden beam ceiling. Very plain with minimal glass or artwork but charming nonetheless. Only takes a few minutes to visit

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

We visited in the heat of a July afternoon. The church gas the most stunning stained glass window, mesmerising. A beautiful spot to sit and contemplate for a few quiet moments.

Thank Catherine T
Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

Entered this less well known church in Orvieto for a quick look; hardly anyone was in there. Just inside the door, to the right, we found a young man reading at the entrance to a descending stairway. He offered a tour of the ruins below the church. As we descended with him, he began what was a fascinating history lesson... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

The church is nice but the real deal is below the floor :) there is an excavation showing the previous Roman church and Etruscan town on top of which the current church was built. The guided visit is the only option but for 5 euros per person is really a good deal :)

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Yet another fascinating historic church. I especially enjoyed the nave arcade with its ancient columns and capitals. It's a shame the high altar has been modernised, loosing the focus to the architecture. The twelve sided tower was quite a surprise. An Ancient and historic church indeed.

Thank Mrs-Devere W
Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

This small church right in the middle of the main and very busy piazza was a special treat to see. Many frescoes have been preserved and most of the church has small stamped like patterns outlining the high walls. We were alone and yet the happy families, locals, and tourists were just outside the doors. Complete silence inside to ponder... More 

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