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Art in Tuscany in the province of Prato
The facade is architecturally simple, the shape of the building informing the new structure so that its low-pitched central roof and sloping side aisles mark the roofline, which is enlivened with an open parapet of simple Gothic tracery, uniting the buildi ...
Internally, the church has a nave and aisles, all in Romanesque style and dating from the early 13th century. They are separated by elegant columns of green serpentine, the capitals being attributed to Guidetto. The vaults, designed by Ferdinando Tacca, we ...
A small staircase leads from the old church to the 14th century transept, which has five high cross vaults, each ending in an apse divided by pilasters. The presbytery has three works by the American artist, Robert Morris (2000-2001).In the transept right ...
On the transept right, the Vinaccesi Chapel is home to a notable Deposition of Christ from the 13th century. It also has 19th century frescoes by the Pratese painter Alessandro Franchi.Next is the Assumption Chapel, which was frescoed in 1435-1436 by the s ...
The Cintola Chapel (Italian: Cappella del Sacro Cingolo) is located under the last arch of the left aisles, next to the counter-façade. It houses the Sacra Cintola, the belt which, according to the tradition, was given to St. Thomas by the Virgin Ma ...
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Prato was born in the 11th century from the union of the two villages of Borgo al Cornio and Castrum Prati. Some findings testify that the territory of Prato was inhabitated already since the Paleolithic Age. The plain was subsequently occupied by the Etruscans and the Romans. In the course of time, Prato was dominated by Pistoia and Florence before being elevated to city status in 1653. Prato stands at the foot of the Monte della Retaia, which is part of the chain called Calvana, where the provinces of Prato and Florence have recently created a protected area. The Bisenzio river, which flows across the town, and the Ombrone pistoiese (Pistoia Ombrone) constitute the borders of the province. Although Prato cannot boast as rich an artistic heritage as neighboring Florence it nevertheless has interesting monuments, squares and museums. Visit Prato and its province and reserve by now your ideal accommodation with us: hotels, camping, residences, bed & breakfast, apartments, hostels or farmhouses.
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