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Monumental Cemetery of the Misericordia
Via dei Tufi


History

The Camposanto della Misericordia is run by the archconfraternity of the Misericordia, based in The Misericordia oratory building in Siena It is something of a showplace of 19th century Sienese sculpture and art.

The cemetery was built between 1835 and 1843 based on designs by the architect Lorenzo Doveri on the site of a demolished Olivetan convent just outside the city walls, beyond the Porta Tufi. Doveri died in 1866 and responsibility passed to his pupil  Giuseppe Partini to undertake expansion. This work was largely completed by 1875. More modern additions do not blend well with these 19th century structures.

The original core of the cemetery consists of two large fields on different levels and linked by steps (see right). Here you'll find much fine work by the leading local sculptor Tito Sarrocchi, who had studied in Florence under Bartolini and his fellow Sienese master Duprč and who was responsible for the copy of the Fonte Gaia by Jacopo della Quercia, now in the plaster cast gallery of the Santa Maria della Scala Complex.

Under the arcades are large vaulted underground galleries, accessed by spiral staircases and larger flights. Down here is also the Voltoni. Held up by large clay pillars, it is thought to have been the crypt of the ancient monastery of Monte Oliveto (see photos at the bottom of this page).

The large statue of The Risen Christ in the courtyard of the main entrance (see right) is by the Sienese sculptor Vico Consorti and was made for the renovated crypt of San Domenico, where in November 1938 the remains of ten local 'fascist martyrs' were ceremoniously placed in a specially designed sacrario. No trace of this sacrario remains, but the Risen Christ was brought here. No label is attached to even hint at its history

Opening times
Winter 8:30 to 12.00/14:00 to 17.00
Summer 8.30- 12.30/15.30-19.00

Opening limited to the morning on 1st and 6th January, the Sunday of Easter, April 25th, May 1st, July 2nd, August 15th and 16th, December 25th and 31st.

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The Bandini Piccolomini Chapel with the statue of
1882 of Gratitude by Toto Sarrocchi.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 




 


 


 


 


The Voltoni


 


 

 

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