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Places of worship

The church of Santa Cristina in Pimonte

A hidden treasure in the hills of Prato

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The tiny church of Santa Cristina is in the hills outside the city of Prato. The church was built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries on the site of an ancient look-out tower. This tower, which today is the sacristy, was built in the eleventh or twelfth century. In order to build the church, the tower was partly knocked down and used to support the newer construction. The church has a plain façade and an apse built in smooth albarese stone blocks which have a warm hue.

There is a small bell tower with two arches. The church is home to two late fourteenth century paintings depicting La Pietà and a Madonna col Bambino e San Niccolò. In the presbytery, there is a wonderful ciborium from the workshop of Bernardo Rossellino. The tomb of Ginevra degli Abizi is in the central nave of the church, while there are other sepulchres around the alter. Outside the church there is a garden containing a wall painting by Prior Andrea Tofani who became famous for many other such works in the city of Prato.
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