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Santa Maria dei Servi

The church of Santa Maria dei Servi is a Catholic church formerly known as San Clemente because of its location. Built on the site of the former church of San Clement, the Servite Order acquired this new church in the 13th century and built the original Basilica. It was then later renovated in in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The outside of the church is simplistic in style with only a single doorway as an entrance, and a rose window located above it. The entire church, including the adjoining Campanile was built in the Romanesque style. The Basilica retains its original renovations from the 15th and 16th centuries, but the Campanile was completely reconstructed in the 20th century. The Campanile is more extravagant in style, containing rows of richly embellished windows. The entire structure stands on grand staircase leading up to the singular entrance. From the entrance visitors and patrons may view sites such as the Duomo and Palazzo Publico.  

The interior of the church poses a stark contrast to its minimalistic exterior. The extravagant designs are a combination of renaissance and gothic style. One of the most famous pieces of art housed in the Santa Maria dei Servi is Coronation of the Virgin by Bernardino Fungai. Other pieces include Madonna del Marcovaldo by Coppo di Marcovaldo, The Massacre of the Innocents by Matteo di Giovanni, and Adoration of the Shepherds by Taddeo di Bartolo, among many others.  

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Taken on February 6, 2013