A violent knight who then became a saint. A cathedral that opens up to the sky, knightly symbols and features recalling King Arthur.
We are just a few kilometers from Siena, in Montesiepi, where for some 800 years now a unique prodigy has been conserved. Galgano’s sword in the stone.
Carolina will evoke the deeds of the knight who by turning his sword into a cross changed for good the real and fictional knightly world of the middle age.
The abbey of Saint Galgano with the Montesiepi Rotunda are located in the valley of the river Merse, between the medieval villages of Chiusdino and Monticiano, in the province of Siena.
The original nucleus of the monastic complex Cistercian of Saint Galgano (Galgano Guidotti 1148-1181) is constituted by the hermitage of Montesiepi, built in Roman style as mausoleum of the Saint between the 1182 and the 1185. Its greater particularity is the so-called ‘the Rotunda of Saint Galgano’ that encloses, the tomb of the saint and the famous rock with the sword.
Around 1218, the hermitage began to be too small to contain the monks and the pilgrims, so the Cistercian monks decided to build of a new imposing abbey in the form of a Latin cross.