Thursday Doors, 22/2/18: Abbey of Santa Mustiola, Torri

Don’t you love it when you find some money where you have forgotten you put it?

No? Does it only happen to Bukowski and me? Well, this felt quite a bit similar. I found about 60 door photos in a folder from my May birthday visit to Torri and its Romanesque abbey cloister, which I completely forgot about.

Torri is a little town about 15 km southwest of Siena and yet it gave my parents, bestia and me a nice day out and lots of photo material. And it was all due to one photo I found online, taken from the same corner where I stood when taking the featured photo. I was relieved to find the reality even better.

All of these photos were taken in one space, the cloister of the Abbey of Santa Mustiola which is only open on rare occasions so make sure you learn about opening hours before you depart.

The Abbey was first mentioned in 1070, whereas the cloister is from 13-14 Century. I read now that it “is unique in Tuscany in having preserved its Romanesque character despite subsequent restorations. The beautiful polychromatic cloister has loggias on three levels. The lowest arches are decorated with black and white marble and supported by columns, the middle loggia is decorated with bricks and the upper loggia has wood columns. The village was founded by Vallombrosan monks.”

Watch me quote historic data, out of sheer gratitude. Three Thursdays saved!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves this time. One could argue that every arch is a door. That would be even more Thursdays. 😀 But there are also other kinds of doors to be spotted.

Happy Thursday, especially to all Thursday Doors posters and viewers, my parents for the company, and the lady who chose that particular blue stripey dress that day and sparked up my photos.

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.


47 thoughts on “Thursday Doors, 22/2/18: Abbey of Santa Mustiola, Torri

  1. So glad you found these 🙂
    Places like this are so peaceful aren’t they? Even with lots of tourists around, people have a natural tendency to talk softly when they are in these places.
    Plus there’s so much to see and explore I could spend an entire day there.

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  2. Whoa, a feast to my eyes! Your captures are excellent. And beautiful how you caaught the lsun ight on your mother (?) in the door opening. The first time I saw stripes on a building in Cingue Terre, I had to get used to it (first I thought it was someone’s prank, but then I saw more buildings with stripes:):):) – it’s an interesting future of the Mediterranean. Good for you – 60 photos is a large sum of money:):)

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    1. True, Jesh, they sure like their stripes here. There are even some on the primary school here. Thank you, I’m glad you like me attempts. And yes to the last: for the door blogger 60 photos is a treasure.


    1. Thank you, Scooj. I have a feeling you see plenty of potential of that white wall. 😉 Which reminds me, today I saw that the little tourist office house in my town that used to be tagged to the roof is pristine white again… I wonder for how long. It would be perfect to be properly painted.

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  3. Wow – this is a gorgeous place. I LOVE the feature photo. It looks so peaceful, offering cooling shade from the heat of the sun, and all the added flower pots add to the theme of repetition. Love the look of this place.

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  4. What a folder to forget about! It’s a gorgeous place! I love the potted plants, doors, arches, and the brick floor. I’m so glad you found this folder again!

    Now can you please help me find the $150 I put somewhere safe and haven’t been able to find for years? Nothing gets tossed out without first looking for that money!

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    1. Ahh, Deborah, I hope you’re kidding with that last! 😮 If it’s true, I really hope you can find it. The mystery is in looking somewhere you’d NEVER look. And thank you, I’m glad too. 🙂


  5. Never even knew this abbey existed! The cloister, if you exclude the black-and-white colours of the arcs (which remind me of Juventus and therefore are ugh) is uncanny in its resemblance to a similar place I’ve seen… in Cuzco, Peru. Yeah, religious architects aren’t renown for inventiveness but… still, uncanny.

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    1. Bahha, Fabrizio, you can’t dismiss everything black-and-white just because of the rich boyz! 😀 My sis was in Cuzco, I’ll ask her if it reminds her of something. And I’m glad I’ve opened your eyes a little.

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    1. The Rafters! Sounds like a 60’s band (maybe it was). I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are though if I didn’t guess from my pictures. I love to learn, so thank you, Joey! And I’m glad you’re a fan.

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