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Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato
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The Palazzo Pretorio of the Tuscan town of Prato was the old city hall located town center, standing in front of the current Palazzo Comunale. It now accommodates the Civic Museum of Prato, which was reopened on September 2013.HistoryThe main structure in its present form, was assembled during the late 13th century and early 14th century from the merger of three separate buildings, fused to house the local Podestà, the judiciary and Prison. The different building materials, evident from the facade, still allow us to distinguish the outlines of the earlier structures. The oldest part is the tower-house still discernible on the right (13th century), which had belonged to the family of Pipini, with a portico on the ground floor with pilasters of limestone then buffered but still visible. It was purchased in 1284 from the captain of the people of Fresco Frescobaldi to house the municipal government. During the 16th century, the building, including the belltower, collapsed. The restoration added a new bell-tower and crowning crenellations. The interiors were often divided into smaller rooms over time. Towards the end of 19th century, it was proposed for demolition, but by 1909 it was decided to restore the building.The left hand part of the facace and building dates back to the 14th century and has eight elegant mullioned windows and a tabernacle. In this tarbarnacle, until at least 1799, stood a statue of the 14th century Robert of Anjou, once viewed as a defender of the city. Unfortunately, it was he, who sold Prato to Florence, ending the town's independence. From the portal on the ground floor one enters a series of rooms with original frescoes: the earliest frescoes (1307) by Bettino Corsino and later frescoes (1425) by Pietro and Antonio di Miniato. The wide outdoor staircase leads to the main floor.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Prato holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Museo di Palazzo Pretorio and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Museo molto bello e interessante! Consiglio di visitarlo, ne vale la pena. Il personale è super gentile!Very nice and interesting Museum! Council to inspect it, it's worth it. The staff is super friendly!show original
Un palazzo meraviglioso in piazza del comune a prato Consiglio vivamente una visita al museo se vi trovate da queste partiA wonderful Palace in the town square of lawn I highly recommend a visit to the Museum if you are around hereshow original
Bella costruzione con un fantastico museo da dover visto se vi trovate da queste parti! Oltre al fatto che sui piani superiori si ha una fantastica vista panoramica di Prato!Beautiful building with a fantastic Museum from having to see if you're staying around here! Besides the fact that on the upper floors there is a fantastic panoramic view of lawn!show original
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