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Church of St. Erasmus (Porto Ercole) 
The current church stands on a plateau within the walls of Siena in the country. In fact there was once a small chapel called "Sant'Erasmo outside the walls", to distinguish it from within the walls. The first settlement is believed to have been erected in the fourteenth century and corresponds to the current chorus, which in turn built on top of the seventh century an oratory. The current building has a facade in Tuscan style, very simple, with a portal surmounted by a triangular pediment and a small rose window that opens in the middle. On the right stands the bell tower, designed by 1915: in fact before there was a Spanish sailing bell, which had to be demolished due to a thunderbolt that hit the heavily damaged church. On the left side there is the aisle, supported by the underlying tunnel feasible, a hundred feet long. At the end of the aisle, precisely on the roof of the sacristy, there is still the original fourteenth-century bell tower, what remains of the church. Above the church, along a bumpy flight of steps, there is the old chapel now desecrated the Holy Cross, which bore the old hospital of St. Mary Help of Christians, according to a document where he died Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.L 'interior is wrapped in a mystic shadows, The church is divided into two aisles, a primary and a lower side facing the sea. The ceiling of the nave is supported by trusses of the original seventeenth century. To the right is the chapel of the Baptistery, with a beautiful multicolored marble baptismal font. Below the chapel a series of niches, once bearing statues of saints now housed in the sacristy. At the end of the church is the chancel, raised a few steps on the floor which has one of the most important works of the church: the altar. In fact, the Renaissance altar is made of polychrome marble and stands on the imposing sanctuary. At his feet are noticed marmore inlaid stones or graphite, which cover the tombs of the nobles and governors of Porto Ercole. Behind the ape is the chorus, which is accessed by two small side door. The choir is decorated with a series of seventeenth-century benches and a vault frescoed with the four Evangelists and Saints Erasmus and Rocco. The nave consists raises a series of chapels covered by vaults and ends at the rear of the church into the INPUT. The first chapel of St. Erasmus is the patron saint of Porto Ercole, richly painted and marked a stunning altar painting with paper mache bust of the patron saint. This is followed by other chapels, before reaching the big and bright sacristy with an altar made out of the door. The latest treasures are kept whole and the works that have remained to the church. The chapel of Segrest, on either side of the chancel is separated from it by what remains of the balustrade.
 

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