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Il Duomo di Prato
Places of worship

The Parish Church of San Giovanni Battista Decollato

Architectural gems hosts artistic treasures

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Located inside the perimeter of a castle, historical fonts confirm that the church existed as early as 1218. It is probable, however, that its construction dates back to 1079. Its current structure boasts a neoclassical style, created during the nineteenth century. Its simple medieval facade faces a wooden covered porch sustained by octagonal brick pillars with stylized Corinthian capitals. In the sixteenth century courtyard, you’ll find a bell tower (XIV-XV century) which was originally a watch tower for the Freccioni Gateway. Inside, the church boasts a single nave with wooden roof trusses; it is lit by windows created in the eighteenth century.

Various works of art can be found here, including a painting by Francesco Granacci (1521), depicting ‘The Madonna with Child and Saints’. Visitors will also appreciate a Madonna of the Rosary by Matteo Rosselli (1609), a miraculous Byzantine cross and several frescoes by Giovanni da Prato (circa 1590) depicting ‘The Miracles of the Cross’. The right-hand altar hosts an interesting canvas by Flemish artist Jan Van der Straedt (1523-1605) depicting ‘The Assumption’. On the left side of the parish church, you’ll find the Oratory of the Compagnia del Corpus Domini, built around 1560, which boasts a Baroque interior. Visitors are welcome; phone reservations are necessary.

(Source: Prato’s Tourist Information Office)

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