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Church of S. Bartolomeo

The original fourteenth century Carmelite church was demolished during the bombing of February 1944, together with the bell-tower built by Valentini. Rebuilt and finished in 1958 according to the design of Ivo Lambertini, the church preserves sculptures and paintings of the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, recovered from the previous structure.
The building is preceded by a portico vestibule on three sides, with central courtyard; the entrance wall, pierced by three round arches, has on the side the bell-tower. The left-hand side of the courtyard, closed by stained-glass windows, acts as baptistery with large font in serene stone and bronze statue of the Baptist above. The facade, repeats in the lower part the motif of the three arches. The interior of the church, with plastered walls covered at the base with light-colour marbles, has a three naves structure. Along the right nave there is a Presentation to the Temple by Santi di Tito (end of sixteenth century). On the back wall, above the altar that holds a relic of the arm of Santa Lucia, there is a painting made in 1621 by Empoli that represents The Trinity, the evangelists and Santa Lucia and Carlo Borromeo.At the centre of the presbytery a modern altar emphasizes the white marble ciborium with Angels praying, attributed to Antonio Rossellino (1427-79). A polychrome wooden Crucifix of the fourteenth century is kept in the crypt, much venerated by the people of Prato after miraculous events in 1558. In the left-hand nave you can admire a canvas by Livio Mehus while above the entrance door there is a painting almost certainly a youthful work by Pier Dandini (1669 ca.).

 

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  • Piazza Mercatale 149 Prato (PO)

  • Ticket: free entrance