The Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi is a 13th century church in Siena. Highlights are paintings by Coppo di Marcovaldo and Taddeo di Bartolo, and the magnificent panoramic view from the stairs in front of the entrance. The official name of the church is Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi.
Santa Maria dei Servi Basilica Siena
Address: Via Valdimontone – Siena. Phone: +39 0577 222633. Opening times: From 08:30 till 18:30. Ticket price: Free.
History and description
The church of St. Clement in Santa Maria dei Servi is an ermous structure on the Via Val di Montone. It was constructed in the 13th century by the Servites, who had settled in Siena in 1234. The facade, as was common at the time, remained relatively unadorned.
Work on the facade was started in the 15th century, but never completed.
The church was enlarged around the 15th century. As a result, the transept and apse have Gothic elements, while the naves are characterized by a Renaissance style.
Consecration took place in 1533.
The Romanesque-style bell tower dates back to the 13th century. However, it was completely reconstructed in 1926.
What to see
Coppo di Marcovaldo painted the “Madonna and Child”, in 1261. The style of the work is Byzantine. It was partially repainted later by a pupil of Duccio di Buoninsegna. The work is also known as the “Madonna del Bordone”.
Taddeo di Bartolo painted the “Adoration of the Shepherds” in 1404.
There are several frescoes thought to have been painted by Pietro Lorenzetti in the 14th century. Of some of these only parts are still visible.
Bernardino Fungai painted the “Coronation of the Virgin”
Giovanni di Paolo painted the “Madonna della Misericordia”.
If you have time, walk around the church, where you will find one of the quietest and most peaceful spots imaginable.