La badia di Santa Maria
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The Abbey of Saint Mary

Nestled in a small village of 16th and 17th century houses, this remarkable example of Tuscan-Emilian Appenine architecture bears testimony to the region's art and history

Prato

The first building on this site was the 12th century hermitage founded by Beato Pietro. Over the years a monastic complex developed around this hermitage and became incorporated in to the Vallombrosian Order.

The exterior of the church conserves the original structure in local arenaria stone. The central doorway with a finally sculpted architrave representing two dragons circling a central cross is worth noting. Also the upper lunette with a central female figure surrounded by stylized trees.

The interior is characterized by a high-ceilinged central nave with wooden beams, and boasts a number of notable artworks. The right-hand side of the nave has a series of three frescoes dated to 1260-1280 which represent the Nativity, Annunciation and the Archangel Michael. A powerful Saint Christopher is the work of an able Florentine painter and the lunette on the main door has a late-14th century fresco of the Madonna and Child.

From September to June, visits to the Abbey can be organized with a call to the Parish.

Source: Prato APT

 

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