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Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi: photos, description Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi)

Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, also known as San Clemente, a Church in Siena, built on the site of the temple in 1234, purchased by order of Servico and annexed to the new monastery. Service arrived in Siena in the first half of the 13th century and originally settled outside the city. But soon the government of the commune allowed them to erect a new Church within the city walls in place already-existing Church of San Clemente. The construction works progressed slowly and lasted almost three centuries. Only in 1533, the new Church was consecrated.

The facade of Santa Maria dei Servi, on which work began in the 15th century and was not completed. Made of bricks, it is decorated with a round window-socket and two portals. Standing next to the bell tower of the 13th century, originally built in the Romanesque style, was much altered in subsequent centuries, the last reconstruction was undertaken in 1926 and gave it a resemblance to a bell tower for the Cathedral of Siena. Inside the Church has a Latin cross with Central nave and two side chapels, the interior is decorated in Renaissance style. The columns separating the aisles, is remarkable for its carved capitals. The transept and the apse have Gothic traits, as was built in the mid-14th century. In 1750 was built the wide staircase leading into the Church.

Among the works of art that adorn the Basilica is the Madonna del Bordone, painted by Coppo di Marcovaldo and the only one having his signature, "Birth of Mary" painted by Rutilio Manetti, a huge painted cross work of Niccolo di Senja, the altarpiece, numerous frescoes with scenes from the life of John the Baptist and the Evangelists, etc. a Large part of the side chapels of the Church was stylistically altered in the early 20th century and acquired a neo-classical features.