Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato

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Santa Maria delle Carceri is a basilica church in Prato, Tuscany, Italy. It is considered one of the earliest, most notable examples of use of Greek cross plan in Renaissance architecture.HistoryAccording to the tradition, on July 6, 1484 a child saw an image of Madonna and Child, painted on a wall of the public jail of Prato, animate itself. It was therefore decided to build a basilica on that site to celebrate the event. Lorenzo de Medici, de facto lord of the Republic of Florence, imposed a design by his favourite architect, Giuliano da Sangallo. The latter's proposal included a Greek cross plan inspired to Filippo Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel and by Leon Battista Alberti's theoretical works; Sangallo used the same idea for his first project of St. Peter's Basilica, later superseded by Michelangelo. The same model inspired his brother Antonio da Sangallo the Elder for the church of San Biagio at Montepulciano.
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  • Beautiful church next to the castle of the Emperor in a square recently renovated pedestrian purposes. Is the first Renaissance church with a Greek cross created by Giuliano da San Gallo. The Interior is very cute! To visit!
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  • With scones at 20 euro! Next time we taste the freshest oysters and shrimps raw! Great courtesy and helpfulness! Really professional!
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  • Externally has four arms surmounted by a dome structure pure and is covered with a typical local architecture marble Duotone. The Interior impresses the centrality in the entire context and the brightness of the four stained glass Windows built in 1491 under design by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Note the frieze and escutcheons majolika white and blue from the workshop of Andrea Della Robbia placed on the entablature and the fine white marble high altar of Sangallo. Under the sacristy there are few basements of the former prison, now incorporated in the building neocinquecentesco of the rectory. I am ashamed to give only 3 points, if it wasn't in Italy would be a rare find. But how much should I give to places filled with so many immortal masterpieces that we have in our country? still nice and d visit
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  • Outstanding.
  • It is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Performed by order of Lorenzo the magnificent, who entrusted the design to Giuliano da Sangallo. It is the prototype for all centrally planned churches in the years to follow.
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  • The infallibility of the Popes accords very badly with the Holy Inquisition. This place is dangerous especially for children. Very unpleasant things could happen. Better keeping themselves.
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  • Castle, Church, Keep, Square. All gorgeous and with lots of history, nothing to envy to any other city if not the number of tourists who don't know what they're missing.
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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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