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Piazza Duomo a Prato
Places of worship

Church of Saint Francis

Prato’s first important religious center constructed entirely in terracotta

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After the city of Prato donated the land to the Franciscan brothers, the decision was made to build a convent and small church in 1282. The church was a “first” as it was constructed entirely in brick rather than in stone. However, the facade boasts a serpentine and alberese marble front. 

An elegant door was built during the Renaissance, as was the triangular tympanum with a relief featuring the Stigmata of Saint Francis by Andrea della Robbia.The interior boasts a central nave which highlights a pulpit from the 15th century in pietra serena featuring a panel from 1400. A 14th century wooden crucifix is positioned above the main altar which was donated by renowned merchant Francesco Datini. The latter was buried inside the church; his tomb is denoted by a white marble stone and Gothic tabernacle.

The east side of the Renaissance cloister opens into a 14th century chapel, the Cappella del Capitolo, adorned with frescoes by Niccolò Gerini with stories from the lives of Saints Matthew, Saint Anthony Abate and a crucifixion. The southern side of the cloister features beautiful rooms from the first part of the 14th century.

In the heart of Tuscany, a city of art and prestige
If there is one city that can impress those looking for lesser-known destinations, it’s Prato. Considering how the city is presented in the press, visitors will be surprised to discover an elegant and well-preserved historic city centre, as impressive as the most famous Medieval cities dotting Tuscany. ...