Tempio di San Biagio, Montepulciano

San Biagio is a church outside Montepulciano, Tuscany, central Italy.HistoryThe church, an example of Renaissance Greek cross central plan, was designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, who was inspired by the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri in Prato, which had been designed years before by his brother Giuliano da Sangallo. The same plan, taken from Filippo Brunelleschi's works, was used for the original design by Bramante and Michelangelo for St. Peter's Basilica, as well as for the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione in Todi, of uncertain paternity.The late Renaissance building was constructed on the site of a pre-existing Palaeochristian pieve dedicated to St. Mary and subsequently to St. Blaise. In the early 16th century only remains existed of the pieve, including a wall with a fresco of Madonna with Child and St. Francis, from a 14th-century Sienese painter. The project was supported by Pope Leo X, who had studied under Angelo Poliziano, a native of Montepulciano.The construction lasted until 1580 and, after Sangallo's death, was directed by other superintendents.
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  • August 18, 2017
    At the foot of Montepulciano, Along the tree-lined Avenue, and as you get closer, more and more we realize the Majesty of this temple, it's well worth a stop to visit and enjoy the architecture both indoors and outdoors, panoramic view over the Valley, absolute silence. highly recommended.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Really impressive and imposing this temple stands at the foot of Montepulciano and offers a very beautiful sight both externally and internally.
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  • August 15, 2017
    One of the most beautiful temples of the high renaissance, with also a location at the foot of the city. The architecture is very elegant, and estates of angles and curves are gorgeous. The Interior is not overloaded and remains turned to the function of the site.
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  • Great to see a beautiful Renascence Cathedral out of historical centre surrounded by beautiful countryside the inside is full of light around the ceiling is spectacular
  • Being renovated when we were there. Wonderful building set in well maintained grounds.
  • Beautiful Chiesa at the outskirts of Montepulciano. A beautiful lane with Cypresses along side leads you to this chiesa. The facade is made of sandstone and gives a awesome glow. Inside the chiesa is beautiful and is almost round. It quiet and peaceful in here. Take a moment to relax.
  • Mammoth. Three architectural styles perfectly fused together. To visit dive in the Tuscan countryside.
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  • very beautiful, both inside and out. Ample parking around and free drinking Fountain, ideal in the hot weather.
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