The mediaeval parish church of San Cresci in Chianti, Tuscany

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The Romanesque Parish Church (Pieve) of San Cresci

Parish Church (Pieve) of San Cresci

The 10 C parish church of San Cresci is one of the most important Romanesque structures in the region of Chianti, Italy, in a region famous for its Romanesque parish churches.

The parish church (pieve), named after the Holy Martyr Acrisio, commonly known as Cresci, is one of the most ancient in the diocese of Fiesole and documented for the first time in 963. The original structure has been modified frequently over the years and the Romanesque characteristics of the church have been preserved only in the little nathex in front of the facade, where the doorway is flanked by two mullioned windows with the columns surmounted by cubical capitals. Inside, a canvas depicting the Madonna of Rosario, signed by Francesco Boldrini and dated 1615, and a 16 C crucifix are preserved.

The church has recently been restored and is open to the public on certain days. In any case, the exterior and surroundings are well worth a visit, and wine and olive oil can be bought from the neighbouring Pieve di San Cresci winery.

Romanesque mullioned window in the nathex wall of the Pieve.

Photo from:

Civilità Romanica nel Chianti
a cura di Renato Stopani
Centro di Studi Chiantigiani "Clante" 1995

The Centro di Studi Chiantigiani "Clante" publishes an on-going series of books in Italian on the details of the traditional and historical architecture of the Chianti area. These excellent books are packed with photographs, plans, elevations etc. The book illustrated here covers romanesque architecture in Chianti. You have to scour local bookshops to obtain copies. I've never been able to elicit a response from the publishers.

The church 30 years ago.

Aerial view prior to restoration.

The restored church.

Anna Maria Baldini

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