Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A church with a view

Upon a hill overlooking Florence there is a beautiful and old church, the San Miniato al Monte, Saint Miniato on the mountain.

It is a steep climb, but I love walking there, taking the long route along the windy roads and enjoying the views over Florence while I walk.
You feel like you are outside Florence, walking along vineyards and gardens. 

Not the touristic route
The church was built in 1050 for an Armenian merchant who was beheaded by emperor Decius in the third century and who became a martyr.

The front of the church is in the characteristc marble in white and green and black. The inside it also very old and beautiful and has for example a mosaic that dates from the 13th century.
Looking over Florence

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