Saturday, September 03, 2016

San Galgano Abbey: Touching Heaven, Changing Earth

I went to one of the most peculiar places of worship in Italy- the San Galgano Abbey. It is in the province of Chiusdino.



Construction started in 1220 and was finished six decades later. In the Middle Ages it was one of the finest work of architecture and was one of the centres of power and wealth in the territory of Tuscany as the abbey allied itself with the Republic of Siena. Tragic events brought the end of its magnificence. All that’s left of it are its arches and walls and an open ceiling. Nevertheless, one can still see the remnants of its glorious past.

From afar the idyllic Tuscan background gives the church a very quaint image.


As you step inside the ruins, you will be amazed to see the clear blue sky from the roofless abbey. 



Such spectacular view would make you think that this church can be holy grounds again, even if lightning and earthquakes struck it down, even if greedy men and wars despoiled and desecrated it. This place can still be holy as long as the faithful witness God’s glory and dwell there to worship the Creator.

The Chapter House

The cloister, and that's my sister...