Prato

Museums

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Centro di Scienze Naturali
Via di galceti

(http://www.csn.prato.it/i...).

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Museo di pittura murale
Piazza S. Domenico

(http://www.pratoturismo.i...).

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Museo del tessuto
Via Santa Chiara, 24

(http://www.museodeltessut...).

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Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea "Luigi Pecci"
Viale della Repubblica, 277

(http://www.centropecci.it...).

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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Piazza Del Duomo

(http://www.turismo.intosc...).

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Museo Civico

Under renovation (http://www.cultura.prato....).

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Galleria virtuale

art museum of "Images of the sacred" permanent exhibition (http://www.po-net.prato.i...).

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Quadreria

collection of paintings held in the Town Hall (http://www.cultura.prato....).

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Fondazione Museo e Centro di Documentazione della Deportazione e Resistenza

(http://www.museodelladepo...).

Monuments

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Piazza San Marco
59100 Prato Toscana

This is one of many contemporary works of art that the city hosts. The square-shaped cut of the famous contemporary sculptor Henry Moore.

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Piazza del Comune
Piazza del Comune

created at the end of the thirteenth century, the intersection of two main roads of the city. In the central area of the square is the Fountain of Bacchino, which was cast in bronze between 1659 and 1665 by Ferdinando Tacca, during the recognition status of city of Prato. In front of City Hall located in the square is also found in white Carrara marble statue dedicated to the merchant of Prato, Francesco Datini Antonio Garella 1896.

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Fourteenth century walls

within these gathered almost all the major historic buildings. The hexagonal circuit of the walls enclosing the original core city of Prato, dotted with ancient tower houses.

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Emperor's Castle'

Fortress, also known as Santa Barbara or Swabian castle, can be considered the most important architectural evidence of centuries XI-XIII.

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Town Hall

Located in Piazza del Comune in Prato, overlooking Praetorian Palace. It 'was created as the seat of the priors, linking different buildings. Currently it houses the Town Hall. In the hall of the Municipal Council are held two frescoes of the fourteenth century, representing an Allegory of Justice and Majesty. Inside the building are kept several portraits of the Podestà of Prato and the Granduchi of Tuscany.

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Praetorian Palace

is the old Town Hall Lawn, located in the town square in front of the current Town Hall. Since 1912 it houses the Museo Civico.

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Datini Palace

it was the home of the famous merchant Francesco di Marco Datini Prato 1335-1410. He leaves an important witness to himself, made up of records and correspondence, which constitute a substantial fund today filed with the State Archives of Prato, which is housed in the old house.

churches

Duomo of Prato: leaving the Piazza of Comune and leaving along the Corso Mazzoni you reach the large Piazza del Duomo, where stands the Cathedral of Santo Stefano. A splendid example of Romanesque - Gothic Tuscan, the Cathedral is characterized by clever use of two colors on alberese clear and serpentine green marble from Prato, typical materials of town until 1400. On the right side of the front is the famous pulpit, built between 1433 and 1438 by Michelozzo and decorated by Donatello, the pulipito was designed specifically for the Exposition of the Holy Girdle of the Virgin Mary, preserved in the chapel inside the Basilica.Splendidi and precious are the frescoes by Filippo Lippi in the Cappella Maggiore, the famous dance of Salome. Adjacent to the cathedral is the Bishop's Palace XIV-XVII century, part of which is occupied by the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

In the territory of Prato, probably since the eighth century, there was a reorganization of the Church with the division into districts that were owned by new churches, the churches from plebs, the people, namely the community of the baptized, with the baptismal font. The churches listed below are those that were already in medieval churches and are included in the diocese of Prato:

San Giusto in Piazzanese (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

San Lorenzo a Usella (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

San Michele a Montecuccoli (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

San Pietro a Figline (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

San Pietro a Iolo (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

San Vito e San Modesto a Sofignano (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

Santa Maria a Colonica (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

Santa Maria a Filettole (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

Sant'Ippolito e San Cassiano (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

Sant'Ippolito in Piazzanese (http://www.diocesiprato.i...)

Prato was long known as "City of the Virgin" for the strong Marian devotion that, initially linked to the veneration of the Sacred Belt, then grew with the construction of shrines dedicated to Our Lady three parishes are today, these are is recently added one dedicated to St. Anthony Mary Pucci.