Address: Via Matteotti, 1
Wheelchair access: Accessible from Via delle Campane, on the corner of Via Piero della Francesca.
Visiting hours: usually open daily
The most important sanctuary in Sansepolcro is the Cathedral, built in Romanesque-Gothic style in the first half of the fourteenth century. It stands on the site of an old tenth century Benedictine-Camaldolese monastery. Over the years it underwent numerous restorations due to the frequent earthquakes that affected the Valtiberina in that period. In 1986, after the foundation of the new Diocese (Arezzo – Cortona – Sansepolcro) it was named Basilica Concattedrale di San Giovanni Evangelista. Initially it was dedicated to the Four Evangelists and to the Holy Sepulchre, as it held relics from the Holy Land brought by the pilgrims Arcano and Egidio, the founders of the city according to tradition. Inside you can admire numerous works:
– Il Volto Santo, a polychrome wooden crucifix from the Carolingian period, which, through studies, has proved to be among the oldest in the world. The work has many stylistic similarities with the Volto Santo of Lucca;
– the Ascension of Christ by Pietro Vannucci, better known as Perugino, displayed on the left aisle.
– The Resurrection of Christ, by Raffaellino del Colle;
– The polyptych of the Resurrection, by Niccolò di Segna, placed on the high altar;
– Various glazed terracotta sculptures from the Robbiana school.
There is also an internal cloister, accessible through a door on the right aisle. It is decorated with a series of frescoes and houses the Chapel of San Leonardo, where ,according to deeds of testament, Piero della Francesca was buried and around which, according to legend, the city of Sansepolcro may have developed.