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Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Sovana

Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore a Sovana

The church of Santa Maria Maggiore is a sacred building located in Sovana, in the municipality of Sorano (Grosseto).

The church is accessible from a lateral portal opened on the right side and shows characteristics of transition between Romanesque and Gothic.

The interior is divided into three naves, with stubby pillars supporting broad arches. Inside the wall of the right aisle contains two frescoes of the early decades of the sixteenth century, a “Crucifixion with Saints” area of Umbria and Lazio, and a “Madonna Enthroned with Child and two Saints” (1508).

In the apse there is a stone ciborium, one of the few examples of pre-Romanesque art in Tuscany, carved with the traditional repertoire of medieval decorative motifs of plants, animals and geometric designs.

In the wall of the left aisle there are some frescos of the Umbro-Sienese school of the beginning of the sixteenth century.

Because of its beauty and fascinating atmosphere this church often hosts weddings.

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