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Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato

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  • The particular shape of this church makes it unique in the world, so much to fit in every art history book! also under the Church can be visited the ancient prisons ...
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  • The visit to the Church of Santa Maria delle Carceri is necessarily to be carried out during a walk through the Centre of Prato. One of the masterpieces of Renaissance architecture. Still too little known and valued. To greatly improve the tourist's attention to Italian and foreign.
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  • Near the Castle, this small church is considered a Renaissance masterpiece mignon for its symmetry and proportions. Also note the beautiful dome reminiscent of nearby Florence, Brunelleschi's work as we know it. The building is Romanesque and the façade is peculiar: the bottom is reminiscent of the Cathedral, being bi-color, while the upper part is much simpler, typically Romanesque. Tiny little thing but still pleasant to see if you're around the lawn.
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  • Beautiful Greek cross Church. Characterize the prisons upon which it sits, still visitable. The site of a Marian apparition. Built on what were the prisons of the adjacent Castle of the emperor. To visit!
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  • A unique Church in a very nice square. According to the tradition, on July 6 1484 a child saw poor, animate, Iacopino Belcari said the image of a Madonna and child, painted on the wall of the public prison (known as "of the Stinche", as in Florence). After other similar events and the growing popular devotion, it was decided to build a basilica on the site. After choosing a first project, Lorenzo de ' Medici emerged that edited out of his instructions from his favorite architect Giuliano da Sangallo, who built a church with a Greek cross plan, inspired by the Pazzi Chapel by Brunelleschi. Masterpiece of symmetry and proportion, synthesis full of Brunelleschi's theoretical postulates and spatial solutions of Leon Battista Alberti, was built from 1486 to 1495 as for the Interior, while the outer skin, discontinued in 1506, will be completed later. The same Sangallo resumed this model as basis for your own design of the new St Peter's basilica in Rome and his brother Antonio da Sangallo the elder for the Church of San Biagio at Montepulciano. This model also seems he was inspired by Raphael in his design for the Church of Sant'Eligio degli Orefici in Rome (begun in 1509). The Bell Tower is neoclassical, by Giuseppe e Francesco Valentini. Between 1884 and 1887 was completed the top of West façade, designed by architects Lucky Rocchi and Giuseppe Bacci, with Camillo Boito as a consultant, based on designs by Sangallo.
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  • Masterpiece of Giuliano da Sangallo, the most beautiful church of Prato. To visit especially now after the recent enhancement of the square.
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  • One of the historic churches of Prato founded following a Marian apparition. Is also an active Youth Ministry Center and beyond.
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  • One of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance basilicas
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