Perugia

The church and the monastery of Santa Giuliana

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The Convent of Santa Giuliana is located in the district of the Eburnea Gate, at the end of the gardens of Piazza Partigiani in Perugia.

A visit to the complex of Santa Giuliana is advisable to see the beautiful cloister, attributed to Matteo Gattaponi (1376). It is one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture in Italy. The monastery of Santa Giuliana, founded in 1253 by Cardinal Giovanni of Toledo, a great promoter of the Cistercian reform, was one of the richest religious building of the city; it was protected by Pope Innocent IV, who granted a special indulgence to anyone who visited it.

The church has a fourteenth-century facade with geometric facing in white and pink marble and a beautiful portal with a rosette. It houses several traces of ancient decorations in the single nave interior with wooden trusses. Two 13th century frescoes, detached from the refectory, were placed on the left wall (Last Supper), and on the apse (Coronation of the Virgin of Marzolini, Master of the Triptych). On the triumphal arch remains of frescoes dating from the end of the 13th and the early 14th centuries are still visible.

The former monastery, now housing the Italian Army's Foreign Language School, is located to the right of the church. Inside the monastery there is a beautiful cloister, characterized by wide white arches on octagonal pillars with red and white stripes of narrative capitals. Attributed to Matthew Gattaponi (1376) it is one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture in Italy. In 1567 this monastery was considered one of the most dissolute cloistered complex in Umbria and it was  transferred to the Bishop's jurisdiction. It  a period of decline - the complex was renovated several times (16th and 18th centuries) and with the Napoleonic requisitions, after the loss of all furniture, it was reduced to a granary.