The beautiful Romanesque Abbey of Sant' Antimo lies in a tranquil and secluded spot about 10 km (6 miles) south of Montalcino and 9 km (5 miles) from the Via Francigena, the old pilgrimage route to Rome.
The abbey, which was founded in the 9th century, reached the peak of its power in the 12th century. The construction of the present church was begun at some point before 1118, the date which is inscribed on the altar step. The inscription marks a donation made to the abbey in that year by the Ardengheschi family.
The design of the church is French in inspiration with an ambulatory and radial chapels in the apse. The nave boasts an exquisite capital depicting Daniel in the lions' den, the work of the Master of Cabestany (active 2nd half of 12th century).
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