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  • The Stairway of Palazzo  and Fountain Nearby
    The Stairway of Palazzo and Fountain...
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    A Long View of the Nave
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  • The Annunciation  with Capella to Left
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    Visit the Cathedral of San Stefano

    by hquittner Updated Aug 28, 2013
    West Facade of Cathedral
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    The cathedral stands at the head of the Piazza del Duomo. At the right edge of the facade is an outside pulpit which is now only used in celebrations of the Holy Girdle. The larger part of the sculptures were done by Donatello and the rest by Michelozzo. The small tympanum above the main door is by Andrea della Robbia. The fountain standing before the west facade of the church is fondly called the Pescatorella.

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    Go Around to the Main Side of the Palazzo

    by hquittner Written Aug 28, 2013
    The Stairway of Palazzo  and Fountain Nearby

    The main side of the Palazzo Pretorio has a fine 16C staircase which stands near a famous fountain of the city. This is called the Bacchino and is from the same time. It is by Ferdinando Tacco and it is a now a copy. The original one is now in the doorway to the Palazzo.

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    See the Palazzo Pretorio or Galleria Communale

    by hquittner Written Aug 28, 2013
    Palazzo Pretorio

    The Palazzo Pretorio is seen here from the side that is completely built of brick in the early 13C. Just to the left of picture stands the statue of Francesco Datiniof 1340 1410. He was a leading merchant and banker who invented the letter of credit.

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    More Famous Lippi Frescos

    by hquittner Written Aug 26, 2013
    Death of St. Stephen

    On the North wall of the Chancel are works by Fiiippo Lippi especially one of the preparation for the burial of St. Stephen lead by Pope Pius II. in the group of people present , one is a self portrait of Lippi himself.

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    More Famous Lippi Frescos

    by hquittner Written Aug 26, 2013

    On the North wall of the Chancel are works by Fiiippo Lippi especially one of the preparation for the burial of St. Stephen lead by Pope Pius II. in the group of people present , one is a self portrait of Lippi himself.

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    Visit the Chapel of the Sacra Cingolo

    by hquittner Written Aug 26, 2013

    In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Sacra Cingolo.

    In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Cingolo or Holy Girdle. On the wall are works by Agnolo Gaddi done after1392 including an Annunciation. The entire chapel is adorned with other treasures including fine iron work.

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    Visit the Chapel of the Sacra Cingolo

    by hquittner Written Aug 26, 2013
    The Annunciation  with Capella to Left
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    In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Sacra Cingolo.

    In the last arch of the nave is the Capella del Cingolo or Holy Girdle. On the wall are works by Agnolo Gaddi done after1392 including an Annunciation. The entire chapel is adorned with other treasures including fine iron work.

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    See the Interior of the Cathedral

    by hquittner Updated Aug 25, 2013
    A Long View of the Nave
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    The main part of the church consists of a nave with an aisle along each side. The nave is covered in alternating green and white marble strips. The columns are of dark green marble. THere is a small pulpit in the nave.

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    Santa Maria delle Carceri

    by Maria81 Written Jan 9, 2010

    Where?

    On Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, close to the Castle

    What?

    Santa Maria delle Carceri is Prato's basilica church, built on the Greek cross plan. According to the legend, the site used to be a public jail until a child saw an animated Madonna and Child image on its wall back in late 15th century, and hence it was decided to build the church on the spot.

    Inside, look for authentic 15th century stained glass windows, majolica coat of arms medallions by Andrea della Robbia, and Evangelists medallions, also by him. High altar is designed by Sangallo in white marble, echoing the style of that in the Pantheon in Rome.

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    Castello dell'Imperatore

    by Maria81 Written Jan 9, 2010

    Where?

    Castello dell'Imperatore is in Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri

    What?

    There is not much inside, the but the outside was impressive enough for me - a nice example of the 13th century military-style architecture which, unlike many European castles, was not redecorated into a luxurious palace.

    It was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, hence the name

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    Piazza Duomo Square

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 2, 2009

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    I wanted to stay there all night long!
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    It is a nice place to walk. Even though we were there late at night, there were some young people who were very friendly and explained a little bit about the buldings around. I really liked this place, it was so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. I fell in love with Prato.

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    Prato's Cathedral

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 2, 2009

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    A pedestrian was very kind to inform us that this is the main catholic church of Prato dedicated to a martyr called St. Stephen.
    It is known that it already existed by the 10th century so, this makes it one of the most ancient churches in town. I wish I had gone inside! :(

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    Emperor's Castle

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 2, 2009

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    beautiful!

    This castle was built by the order of the emperor and King of Sicily Frederick II. It is beautifully illuminated at night as you can see in the picture. Doing some research on the internet I found out some parts of the castle were demolished in 1930 and ended up as how it looks today.
    I knew it is open to the public, so bad we were in Prato at night! But it was very worthwhile to see it illuminated. :)

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    Bacchino's Fountain ...

    by Umea6 Written Apr 7, 2005

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    Bacchino's Fountain

    ... made by Ferdinando Tacca in the 17 th century. The fountain at the Comune square is actually a replica of the original that is kept at the entrance of the Comune Palace. The original is more elegant. The child on it actually has a name - Bacco.

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    Castello dell' Imperatore ....

    by Umea6 Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    Emperor's castle

    or The Emperor's Castle is the most remarkable building to see in Prato. It was built by the Hohenstaufen Emperors, Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, in the 13 century.

    The structure is based on four main towers in square shape whose vertexes indicate the cardinal points. The decline of the imperial politics in Tuscany prevented the completion of the interior of the castle: in the following periods the space was used according to different needs (barracks or later military prison).

    The castle is decoration in two colours, adopted in Romanesque - gothic architecture in Tuscany:: the "alberese" in white or light grey, and the "serpentine" or green from Prato.

    Emperor's Castle is open to visitors. The large inner yard host many public events.

    Opening time:
    October-March 9.00-13.00,
    April-September 9.00-13.00 / 16.00-19.00.
    Closed: Tuesday, Sunday and public holidays.
    Fee: 2 Euro.
    Discounted ticket: half price for under 18.
    Free entrance: children under 12.

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