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San Miniato al Monte

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Florence, Italy.

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The San Miniato al Monte is probably worth visiting for its exterior – it's so flat it looks almost like a theatrical set, but a very beautiful one at that with white and pale grey marble lines and neat arches. But inside are some art treasures to rival the beauty of the exterior: the sacristy is painted with a fresco by Spinello Aretino titled 'Life of St. Benedict', and the frescoes in the vaults are by Taddeo Gaddi.

During the Siege of Florence in 1530 the campanile was used as an artillery post – but only after Michaelangelo had it wrapped in mattresses to protect it.

Written by  H.T. Hallum.

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