Santa Maria delle Carceri

Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato

Santa Maria delle Carceri
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Rowie08
Auckland, New Zealand136 contributions
Beautiful Old Church in Prato with Frescoes!!
Jan 2017 • Friends
This beautiful church inspired by Brunelleschi's Greek Cross plan and commissioned by Medici is one of the more recognised and important Church's of the region.

Locals say that many miracles have taken place here in times past and Mary herself is said to have stepped down from a frescoe in order to clean the floor of a prison (I believe it was at some time a prison or jail of sorts) before returning to the frescoe.

Simple but stunning interior and a must see if you are in Prato and have an interest in history, the church and the Madonna.

Beautiful!! Go and visit...
Written 2 September 2017
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badgey
Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
Truly Tuscan Experience
Dec 2015 • Friends
A wonderful little church, this building has an intriguing history of miracles, miraculous images and shows the political relationship between Florence and the surrounding Tuscany from the 14th century. The area was originally a prison with the Madonna and Child image believed to have been within the courtyard of the prison. A young boy is believed to have seen the Madonna detach herself from the image, move down into the old prison cells below and begin scrubbing the floor before reattaching herself to the image. There has been a lot of renovations since the 'miracle' occurred in the second half of the 14th century with many of the prominent Pratese and Florentine families wanting to be connected to the image. Today the original Madonna and Child image and the prison cells are still there, but you cannot enter the church during mass, and you must request to see the cells which they do not always allow visitors to do.
The church is not far from Prato Porte al Serraglio station.
Written 15 December 2015
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sandro c
Prato, Italy329 contributions
A treasure of Rinascimento in Prato
Oct 2015 • Family
In Prato you can find a wonderful church of Rinascimento: Santa maria delle carceri!!!
It was buit under Lorenzo de Medici by his architect Sangallo and now is he second most important church in Prato after Duomo.
his name remember that once close there was also a Jail.
When in Prato don't miss it!!!!
Written 8 November 2015
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peterandanna
Hertfordshire, UK678 contributions
A rotund church but
Jan 2013 • Couples
this was all that made it interesting inside. There is so much more to see in Prato, so we'd give this church a miss.
Written 19 January 2013
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