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Remains Church of San Francesco

The remains of the church of Convento di San Francesco lie on a widening, on the right side of Via San Giovanni, a few steps after the entrance gate, the homonymous Porta San Giovanni. Its beautiful white-travertine fašade, sided by two brick houses, has horizontal stripes of dark serpentine that recalls the Pisan style. The portal is surmounted by a double arch enclosing the symbol of the knights of Jerusalem, the rich order of warrior monks whose task was defending the Holy Sepulchre. These remains give evidence for the severe beauty of this church belonging to the Franciscan Order, originally a Magione of the Knights with a hospice for the many pilgrims and travellers along the Via Francigena.