SAN GALGANO (Siena) The sword in the stone: Excalibur-Incalibur

The hill of Montesiepi is where ended the parabola of King Arthur’s sword, once Excalibur (out of the stone), now Incalibur (into the stone). But it took all of the might of Michael the Archangel to put it back there and overcome Arthur’s sword carrier Galgano (Gawain). Hehad been poisoned by such a high duty; like all, high things the sword possessed a dark side, which made it hard to relinquish or be relinquished. Galgano (Gawain) lived out his last days here, in repentance, and was canonized after his death in 1181 AD. For a thousand years, the sword has been in the stone in the chapel of Montesiepi at San Galgano. In the Middle Ages, this location was on the pilgrim route to Rome and its testimony helped to coagulate all the stories of Arthurian romance into one narrative whole: Merlin, the round table, the Lady of the Lake, Tristan and Isolde, Lancelot and the Knights and finally - immediately after Galgano’s death - Chrétien de Troyes and then Wolfram von Eschenbach, completed the saga with Parsifal and the Holy Grail.   

The sword in the stone at Montesiepi

The sword in the stone at Montesiepi

San Galgano is located in the majestic countryside of Siena about 35 km southwest. The public transport is limited so it is best reached by car or taxi. The entrance fee is 3,00€ and includes the entrance to the Abbey and the church. 

The abbey of San Galgano next to Montesiepi

The abbey of San Galgano next to Montesiepi