San Miniato al Monte - Florence by paolo1955
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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page May – 15 – 2014

Featured Member in Pos tCards Destinations Group

Views 3627 at May – 12 – 2014

Camera NIKON D300

Lens NIKON 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0

Exposure Time 1/250

ApertureValue f 8

Focal Length 12mm

HDR processed in Photomatix Pro 4.0.1 from a single RAW image, then processed using CS4 – no tripod used


San Miniato al Monte – Florence – Italy

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List – Italy – Historic Centre of Florence 1982

Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, Superintendence for the Architectural, the Landscape, the Historical Heritage. Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological of Italy

World Monuments Fund Watch


Challenge Winner in PostCards Destinations Group – MAY 2014 Featured Photos Challenge July – 01 – 2014


Featured in PostCards Destinations Group May – 12 – 2014


Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group September – 19 – 2010


Featured in Solo Exhibition Group Agoust – 25 – 2010


History

According to a legend, the church was built on the place where the first cristian martyr of Florence, Miniato (3rd Century), brought his head after have beeing beheaded by pagans.
An oratory is referred to in charts from the age of Charlemagne, but the construction of the church we see today began in 1013 under direction of Bishop Ildebrando and ended in 1063 thanks to the sustain of Empereor Henry II.A convent for Cluniacenses monks was built by the church; then, in the second halfth of 14th Century, the Olivetani monks came to San Miniato, where they remained until 1553; after then they moved to another convent but went back to San Miniato in 1924.In 1499 the bell-tower collapsed and was rebuilt by Baccio d’Agnolo; during the siege of 1530 Michelangelo turned the bell-tower in an artilley post, and still today the building shows the signs of the imperial gunshots shooted against it in the battles.In 1868 architect Nicola Matas built the Cemetery and the monumental stairs joining the Church to the ring road leading to Piazzale Michelangelo.

In the Spotlight

Façade: The façade is decorated with geomatrical figures in white and green marble; the upper part shows a mosaic (13th Century) representing Christ between the Madonna and San Miniato. In the fastigium is visible the gilded eagle, symbol of the Calimala guild, which since 1228 administrated the Church

Interior: The Church has three naves, a Crypt and a raised Chancel. Notable are the trestled ceiling and the inlaid marble floor of the central nave. In the central nave is the Tabernacle by Michelozzo (1428), with barrel vaulted roof enriched with glazed terracotta and a painting by Agnolo Gaddi (1395) with Sants Gualberto and Miniato, Annunciation and Scenes from the Passion.

In the Chancelwe find a beautiful balustrade in inlaid marble dividing the Choir and the terracotta Crucifix ascribed to Luca della Robbia. From here we can reach the Sacrysty (late 14th century.) with frescoes by Spinello Aretino with scenes from the Life of Saint Benedetto.

Under the Chancel is located theCrucifix Chapel, realized by Michelozzo (1447-48) and commissioned by Piero di Cosimo de ’Medici.

In the Apsis: the large mosaic whit a Blessing Christ dates to the 12th Century and has been restored several times in different periods. The Crypt (12th Century) is divided is seven small naves by 36 marble columns originating from Roman buildings.

In the right nave are various frescoes (12th to 14th century). By the left nave is located the Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal (1473), ascribed to Antonio Manetti, a pupil of Brunelleschi. The chapel was built in memory of Jacopo of Lusitania, the nephew of King Alfonso of Portugal who died in Florence in 1459: the Chapel is enriched with glazed terrecottas by Luca della Robbia, frescoes by Alessio baldovinetti and a painting by Antonio and Piero del Pollaiolo. The tomb of the Cardinal is a work by Bernardo Rossellino.

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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Comments

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Hi Torfinn,Thanks ever so much , always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • Andrea Rapisarda
    Andrea Rapisardaover 5 years ago

    molto bella Paolo!!

  • Grazie Andrea,molto gentile.

    – paolo1955

  • bicyclegirl
    bicyclegirlalmost 5 years ago

    What a stunning capture!

  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by.

    – paolo1955

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful capture.

  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by.

    – paolo1955

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 5 years ago

    Amazing!
    I hope to see this some day.

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much Polly, always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful building

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago

    We would love for you to enter this wonderful piece into the September 2010 non featured challenge in Favourite places You Take,Make or Paint. from your hosts.

  • Thank you for the invitatio.

    – paolo1955

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    This work is featured in the Paolo Signorini’s – Solo Exhibition,
    Monday – Sunday August 23 – 29, 2010.

  • Hi Frannie,THANK YOU , I’M SO VERY PLEASED AND HONOURED ABOUT YOUR APPRECIATION.

    – paolo1955

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

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