A Snapshot From / Tuscany

Simple, Stone, Sacred

“I never tire of going into Italian churches. The vaulted arches and triptychs, yes. But each one also has its characteristic blue dust smell, the smell of time. The codified Annunciations, Nativities, and Crucifixions dominate all churches. At the core, these all struggle with the mystery of the two elementals — birth and death.”

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“As much as I love the great frescoed churches, it’s these plain ones that touch me most deftly. They seem to be the shape and texture of the human spirit, transformed into stone and light.”

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Angled view of the brown, stone facades of the front and side

Quotes from Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Image Credits

  • Photo One: exterior of Santa Maria Assunta, Monteriggioni
  • Photo Two: interior of Santa Maria Assunta, Monteriggioni
  • Photo Three: interior, Duomo di Fiesole
  • Photo Four: exterior, Duomo di Fiesole

9 thoughts on “Simple, Stone, Sacred

  1. Stacy, not far from us here in Montalto delle Marche (you can see a photo on my last blog post) we have the Church of San Tomasso – where the relics of Saint Thomas Becket of Canterbury eventually rested after English King Henry 8th raged against the Catholics a while back. It’s a very plain church, but you would be amazed to see the turnout on his feast day – they have to remove all the seating so all the devoted can fit inside to offer their prayers. That in itself is very moving. There are only 500 people living in this little town.

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  2. (One priest I know referred to himself as being in the business of “Hatch, match and despatch”. Ha!) Beautiful. Italian churches are wonderful places of contemplation and meditation, so important now as ever in our troubled and complicated human lives.

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