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Confraternity of St. Mary under the Vaults

The Confraternity of the Disciplined Devotees of the Most Holy Virgin is recorded as having occupied the space beneath the hospital's vaults since the mid-14th century. The area, with certain changes and additions made over the centuries, continued to be the seat of the Society of Executors of Pious Measures, the confraternity's name after the Leopoldine reforms, until the early 20th century, when it moved elsewhere. Its historic premises still has its oratory with a fine wooden Crucifix and a painting by Alessandro Casolani depicting the Madonna and Child with St. Peter and St. Paul, its sacristy partly frescoed with work attributed to Andrea Vanni and Luca di Tommè and its meeting hall and adjacent service rooms. It also contains a rich collection of 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture comprising preparatory sketches and studies by winners of the "Alunnato Biringucci" scholarship first established by order of Cavalier Marcello Biringucci in the 18th century. During renovation work a major fresco cycle depicting the Thebaid (stories of hermits and monks), attributed to the circle of the Lorenzetti brothers, was discovered on the vault above the staircase leading into the area.

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Livello 1 . 2

Livello 1

The internal Road, Tunnels and Charnel House

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28 Jan 2020

The museum is closed to the public from 28th January to 4th February

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31 Jan 2019

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25 Jan 2018

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Ancient medieval hospital, due to the historical, architectural, artistic and functional complexity of the building and the artworks in it, Santa Maria della Scala offers many different options of visits.

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from Tuesday to Sunday
from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

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Telephone 0577 286300

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Reduced price: € 7: students, groups, visitors over 65 and disable people.
Reduced for school: € 5
Families: 20
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