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Tempio di San Biagio, Montepulciano

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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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  • We were told that this the most beautiful church in Montepulciano area. It was indeed quite beautiful outside, but there were poop of mice inside and it smelled bad. It seemed that no one had cleaned ...  more »
  • Beautiful temple! We enjoyed good too because we got a video tutorial that explained in a very exhaustive all the features. A beautiful building, don't miss it!
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  • Recommend this place to get there along a long tree-lined avenue of cypresses. Immersed in a green meadow, stands this temple, where it's good to lie down on his back, to admire the beauty and the sky and recharge of energy.
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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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