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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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  • It is a church located just outside Montepulciano with easy parking. I have to say that the main feature is the exterior and location: you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Valley. Inside it got a bit gaunt and baby girl.
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  • This imposing church is strange mail downstream from the town of Montepulciano and therefore it is not included in the urban context. The exterior is very sober (Renaissance) while the interior decoration turns already the Baroque. Worth a detour
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  • Already from the road to achieve this impressive Greek cross time leave impressed. Majestically presiding over the landscape. Do not abandon Montepulciano before having visited this place.
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful church, maybe not too known as stands isolated at the foot of Montepulciano, immersed in the Tuscan countryside and surrounded by a wide green lawn. Can be reached on foot from the village with a pleasant stroll through a characteristic path.
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  • The Church is surrounded by greenery, a short walk from the village of Montepulciano. As impressive as stately inside out. More than a Church seems a temple so great is the awe he inspires upon entering. It has a Greek cross (four arms symmetrical rectangular) and is richly decorated. If you go around here make sure you don't lose it.
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  • A great place with great views and a beautiful Cathedral. Beautiful architecture from the 16th century inspire not only from the outside. On weekends, you can have the luck often that a wedding takes place.
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