Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato

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  • July 21, 2017
    In these situations, namely that an authentic jewel of Renaissance art is still incomplete, what prevents it from being completed TODAY? Not be told that doing so would alter the historical authenticity! There are other examples of unfinished "monstrum" in Italy, such as the façade of San Lorenzo in Florence, the duomo di Rimini (Alberti), the façade of the Cathedral of Bologna, and so on. Unfathomable mysteries! As far as the San Lorenzo di Firenze it seems to me that there is a facade project done by Michelangelo waiting to be put in place. Returning to this Santa Maria, is worth a visit, and also the surrounding collection is very impressive.
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  • June 17, 2017
    Practically perfect in spaces and very much alive in the hearts of the people, this beautiful church in the beautiful piazza will make you fall in love if you are sensitive to the art. Beautiful ornaments and decoration of De la Rubia
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  • June 6, 2017
    It's the most beautiful church in Prato, a Greek cross, created by Giuliano da Sangallo, but inspired by pure geometric lines of Alberti. Despite the incomplete marble exterior, is elegant and perfectly with a small dome resting on a drum pierced by oculi. The Interior is fascinating for the simplicity of its lines, the delimitation of spaces and wall cleaning, embellished with an unbroken frieze della Robbia terracotta.
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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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