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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 is situated in north-eastern Tuscany in a plain covering the provinces of Pistoia Prato and Florence The Bisenzio river, which flows across the town, and the Ombrone pistoiese (Pistoia Ombrone) constitute the borders of the province. Prato is famous in Italy and all over the world because of the wool production that played, since the Middle Ages, an important role for the economic and social development of the whole territory and that now, with its modern factories, has been transferred in the industrial zones. Although Prato cannot boast as rich an artistic heritage as neighboring Florence it nevertheless has interesting monuments, churches, squares and museums. The Medicean villa in Poggio a Caiano is just a few kilometres away from Prato The villa was one of the numerous residences the Medici family had in the countryside around Florence. For an interesting and funny holiday choose Prato and search for your ideal accommodation between those we propose: bed & breakfast, hostels, hotels, farmhouses, residences, apartments, camping.
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