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    The Church of Sant’Agostino is a church in Arezzo, dedicated to Saint Augustine, located in the homonymous square.



    The mendicant Order of Hermits of Saint Augustine was approved in 1256 by Pope Alexander IV. One year later, the Augustinian friars laid the first stone for the construction of their church in Arezzo.

    The first church was small in size, and for this reason, in 1330, it was decided to build a larger church. The new church, with three naves, was completed in 1341.

    However, the religious complex, which also included a large convent, remained incomplete until the 15th century. Only in 1491, the works were resumed and all the structures were finished.

    Between the end of the 14th century and the early 16th century, the church was embellished with splendid cycles of frescoes and paintings. All the works disappeared between 1761 and 1766, when the interior of the church was transformed in Baroque and Rococo styles, on a project by Filippo Giustini.

    The facade and the quadrangular bell-tower, both dating back to the 15th century, were spared by the transformation. The tip of the bell-tower was damaged by lightning in 1825, and was rebuilt in the 1920s.



    Inside, beautiful paintings by Bernardino Santini – one of the best painters in Arezzo during the 17th century, are preserved. The choir and the counter-facade, designed by Francesco Rusca, are also beautiful.

    Among the oldest works in the church, there is a fresco with Saint Bernardine between Saints Jerome and Ignatius of Antioch, by a local author of the 15th century, and the altarpiece of the Circumcision of Jesus, a masterpiece by Niccolò Soggi, Domenico Pecori and Fernando De Coca.

    This last work has a particular history – it was stolen by a thief in 1922 and dismembered into five parts. He was discovered and arrested, and the work was recovered. Now, the painting is exhibited in the church, although incomplete.



    The Church of Saint Augustine is located about 700 meters away from the Arezzo railway station. The closest bus stop is Via Roma Portici, located about 300 meters away, on the bus Lines L1S, LF2, LF3 and LF9.

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