What is it about?
The actual church goes back to the 1600s and presents a very unusual and spacious floor plan with three naves. One especially is the most valuable, decorated with six altars in stone, confessionals complete with benches in stone and a few paintings made on canvas from the 17th century.
The ceiling of the central nave is decorated with painted tile from the 1700s with figures of the apostles and symbols of the sacraments.
The canvases and the ceilings were restored in the year 2000, but because of the complex conditions of the edifice they have already suffered extensive damage.
The church is now closed to the public for reasons of safety. The restoration project is set to go at this point in time.
How funds will be used
The repairs, urgent and which cannot be postponed, provides for an organic mapping of the entire project which focuses on consolidating the entire foundation (mostly in cement) and of the masonry (with the application of a network of fiberglass), but also with a substitution of the casing that is no longer viable.
These repairs, taking into account the difficulty in reaching the church, which sits high a top of the village of Calamecca, with the necessary materials, will cost approximately 450,000 euros.
With the 10,000 euros that we intend to collect, we will be able to finance the consolidation of the masonry with the "scuci e cuci" method in the most damaged sections of the western side (6,200 euros) such as the supply and installation of a pre-formed fiberglass mesh on the external face of the wall which is now seriously damaged (3,800 euros). The GFRP mesh guarantees solidity to the wall and has anti-seismic qualities. T
he project also provides for the installation of the network on a larger portion of the walls included in the right aisle of the church.
The church built with stones and bricks is made for the one in flesh and blood, made up of men, women and children, who need to come together in a place that makes up the community, breaks loneliness, binds past and future, helps to open up to the Absolute. Help us "mend and consolidate" the damaged structures of the church of San Miniato!
Explore the church with a virtual tour. We have reported the critical issues of the building...
Who's behind the project?
This project is promoted by the Parish of San Miniato in Calamecca, in collaboration with the Pro Loco of Calamecca. Alongside there are the local institutions: the Diocese of Pistoia, the Municipality of San Marcello-Piteglio, the Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese, the Cai Section of Pescia and Valdinievole, the Lyons Club of Abetone - Montagna Pistoiese, the Ass. Valle Lune, Giorgio Tesi Group, Pinocchio Sport Pescia, Agriturismo La Revia.
Entities, associations, realities of the Pistoiese Mountains, but also many concrete faces: Don Ugo Feraci, the deacon Sauro Gori, the friends of the Pro Loco Andrea Maggiani, Michela Romoli, the mayor Luca Marmo, the councilors Alice Sobrero and Giacomo Buonomini, Nicolò Begliomini, Carlo Degl'Innocenti, Daniele Grieco, David Dolci, the friends of the Sigfrido Bartolini House Museum, the inhabitants and friends of Calamecca: Flavio, Anna Maria and all of them it would be impossible to name one by one, but who support this project with their commitment and availability!
Project created by
Since 2018 I am the parish priest of the Parish of San Miniato in Calamecca. Together with the deacon Sauro Gori I carry out pastoral activities in the Val di Forfora.
The church of San Miniato is a place of prayer where a community gathers in moments of celebration and in painful ones, but it is also a place for cultural meetings, visits and concerts, an identity site for the people who lives here and an unmissable place for those who want to get to know the Pistoia mountains.