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Pieve di San Martino - Palaia

St. Martin’s church, currently being restored lies on the outskirts of the town on via della Pieve. The church is set in charming, natural surroundings. 

It was built between 1279 and 1300 mainly in late Romanesque style but with some Gothic elements. The façade is built of stone and brick, the latter providing decoration to pleasing effect.
The north and south sides are decorated with arcades. Of particular interest are the gargoyles at the top of the columns.The interior is divided into a central nave and two aisles each one consisting of five arches. There is a raised presbytery with three chapels at the rear. It was built in two different styles with the apse being the oldest part. Of particular interest are the pillars with brick details; a beautiful hexagon-shaped font; a stoup (basin for holy water), basically a cone-shaped marble bowl which was used for measuring oil and wine (see footnotes).

For further information:
Don Giuseppe (Priest) ph.: +39 0587 622120

Via della Pieve, 56036 Palaia (PI)
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