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Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato

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  • a greek cross plan inspired by Brunelleschi's Pazzi chapel, worth a stop. the maiolica frieze by della robbia is great and is known by all artists who love his work( i am one) in the cupola are the 4 ...  more »
  • A wonderful little church, this building has an intriguing history of miracles, miraculous images and shows the political relationship between Florence and the surrounding Tuscany from the 14th centur...  more »
  • In Prato you can find a wonderful church of Rinascimento: Santa maria delle carceri!!! It was buit under Lorenzo de Medici by his architect Sangallo and now is he second most important church in Prato...  more »
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  • Fantastic architectural masterpiece. Council to study the history of this church to appreciate its value. Great place for prayer, although I admit that the noises of the forecourt are felt.
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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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  • 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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  • Characteristic Greek cross Church. Close to the castle of the emperor.
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  • Surprisingly beautiful the underworld with the real prisons
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