Chiesa di Sna Michele e Paolo
On Piazza della Chiesa
Built in the 14th century, this church holds a place close to the hearts of all those who live in Montieri because it’s home to relics of the Blessed Giacomo Papocchi – a much loved local religious figure who died in the 13th century. The bust is now housed inside a large silver urn.
The town immortalised their love for Papocchi by dedicating the church’s altar to him and adorning it with paintings of him.
In the transept, you’ll find three beautiful 17th century paintings that have nothing to do with Papocchi. They’re the Madonna del Carmine con San Cerbone e San Francesco, the Madonna del Rosario and the Apparizione della Vergine al Beato Giacomo.
The church is also home to a splendid 17th century organ that takes up an entire wall with its beautifully carved pipes. Next to it is a small painting entitled the Madonna della Cintola by Taddeo Gaddi (14th century).
The baptismal font is flanked by the Stations of the Cross in 18th-century majolica tin-glazed pottery.
There is so much going on in this church, you won’t know where to look first!