Opera in 13th Century Abbey

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© Deborah Downes
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The church of San Galgano, completed around the end of the 13th century, is one of the best examples of Gothic-Cisterian architecture in Italy. Though this impressive structure no longer has a roof, the acoustics remain incredible. During the summer months, a series of operas are performed there. A yearly Christmas Eve service is also held there. This gorgeous abbey is a short drive from where Fred and I lived in Tuscany.

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    AWESOME!!! Will put this on my bucket list. What a stunning venue.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    WOW! What an incredible place. The modern seating looks so out of place.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    Thanks, you two. Regenia, thankfully, the modern seating is only there during the opera season.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    Oh my.....what an impressive structure!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    amazing! i love how the chairs are dwarfed by the size of the columns! awesome place.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    An excellent photo and entry.

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    WOW!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    Wow, what a fantastic entry, lovely Deborah !

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (20 Dec 2011):

    this is perfect for the theme... great comp...

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    nice POV and a beautiful photo!

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi   gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    nice image

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (21 Dec 2011):

    Bellissima, Deb!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful shot and the lighting is incredible from front to back which is taking in a big area...You even caught a man walking in between the column

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (21 Dec 2011):

    Super! Quaint juxtaposition of colour/modern with the church!

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (22 Dec 2011):

    Simply wonderful!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (2 Jan 2012):

    Superb! I love music in "unconventional" spaces.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (4 Jan 2012):

    Apart from the hole in the wall you wouldn't know it didn't have a roof! what an awesome Abbey!! Love the line of the image.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Jan 2012):

    Wonderful entry.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (12 Jan 2012):

    Wow, incredible, Deborah!!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (13 Jan 2012):

    San Galgano is a wonderful church, long neglected because of the collapse of the shell. And 'all the books mentioned in the history of Italian art and is well known, unfortunately so far I've only seen in photographs, a serious lack! Thanks for your great dedication.

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