Duomo di Prato
Duomo di Prato
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DAL Lunedì al Sabato dalle 10.00 alle 17.00 Domenica e festivi dalle 13.00 alle 17.00 CHIUSO 25 DICEMBRE, 26 DICEMBRE, PASQUA, 8 SETTEMBRE Gli orari potranno essere modificati per esigenze liturgiche
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LizTh
Rome, Italy44 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
Prato is a bit of a hidden treasure - located 30 minutes from Florence, it contains some spectacular art as well as a pleasant ambiance. The Duomo Museum has excellent explanations in English and the staff is most pleasant. Similarly, Palazzo Pretorio excels in its collection of medieval art as well as a room with modern sculpture. Be sure to get the ticket that allows you to view the frescoes up close in the Duomo - and it is helpful to have gone to Palazzo Pretorio before visiting the church since the Palazzo Pretorio provides a great deal of information about the sites and relics within the church.
Note that many of the reviews and pictures of the Duomo Museum in Prato are actually reviews of the Duomo Museum in Florence.
Written May 24, 2017
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PatsyAnnAylesbury
Aylesbury28 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
I have a passion for art history so this was obviously going to have the 'wow' factor for me but it really is truly breathtaking. There is a very unusual (well I haven't seen one before) pulpit on the outside of the building. The church holds a reliquary of the belt of the Virgin Mary, held in a side chapel inside the Church for most of the year. Three or four times a year the priests display the girdle in the outside pulpit and exhibit it to the assembled crowds (which I believe runs to thousands). This is a festival of great importance and has the pageantry that only the Italians are capable of !!! The frescoes behind the main altar in the apse by Filippo Lippi are just a pure joy......I was alone in the Church and you are allowed as much time as you like to admire the narrative cycle of this most expressive artist. If you love art, this is the place for you.......just take the time to see that, although Florence is not too far away, Prato is its worthy rival. Enjoy !
Written July 17, 2014
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
There are so many great things about this 12th century Romanesque cathedral, it’s difficult to know where to start. The best exterior is striking, with great use of white and black colour bands. But it’s most notable feature is the outside pulpit, on which the decorative work is by Donatello. What you see now is a 20th century copy. The original is in the Cathedral Museum next door, where it was moved to prevent any further damage from pollution. The pulpit has a remarkable wood and carved stone cover. Inside, the highlight is a series of wonderful 15th century frescoes. Another feature is the 15th century Renaissance pulpit with a series of beautifully carved phoenixes as the base. It is well worthwhile going to Prato just to see this extraordinary church and it’s museum.
Written April 6, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,773 contributions
Sep 2019
Apparently this is one of the oldest churches in Italy dating back to the 10th century and is certainly not without interest. It's bones are clearly Romanesque with lovely black and white striped columns. And outside the later external pulpit, designed by Donatello is an unusual feature.
Written October 2, 2019
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Henry J
32 contributions
Jul 2019
This duomo is stunning. It is incredibly interesting, with marvellous frescos. It’s diocesan museum is one of the best in Italy. Prato itself is easily accessible from Florence, Lucca and Pisa. It is well worth a visit, though the city itself has a neglected air.
Written September 28, 2019
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Tatyana D
The Netherlands358 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The cathedral (in contract to Florence churches) is quiet with not so many visitors, marvelous atmosphere and beautiful artifacts. . It is documented as early as the 10th century located in the Borgo al Cornio, the first settlement in Prato. The current structure dates from the Romanesque period of the 12th century: the nave, side walls and greater part of the bell tower remain from this date. The upper stage of the bell tower was constructed in 1356.
In the early 15th century, a new façade or west front was added in the Gothic style, in front of the old one. In the space between the two was created corridor leading to the external pulpit built by Michelozzi and decorated by Donatello in the 15th century.
The marvelous frescoes of the transept chapel are also of the 15th century, but are in the Renaissance style. Do not miss the most notorious frescos in the main chapel by Filippo Lippi and Fra Diamanti.
Written February 24, 2019
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Vlad K
Trieste, Italy27 contributions
Sep 2015
When we stayed in Prato we walked past this church everyday. The inside is beautiful, every visitor to Prato should see it.
Written August 29, 2016
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,452 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
The church is open at times when there is no Mass & that is the best time to visit. Smaller than other Duomo, without the side chapels where mass is often said. So you'd best visit when there are no religious services. When you do go in, you find beautiful terra-cotta by Della Robbia & sculpture by Michelozzo and Donatello -- a rare outside pulpit that is quite beautiful. You can also see paintings by Fra Lippi, Uccello and frescoes by Gaddi. It's not the Uffizi but there are few visitors here & the church is beautifully decorated with great Renaissance art… the work here is so much easier to fully appreciate than those in a crowded museum.
Written July 25, 2015
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Tiffy_Bird
La Plata, MD569 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
As an art lover and a fan of Filippo Lippi, I was blown away by his frescoes at the Duomo di Prato. They are magnificent. More than worth the charge of a few euros, Lippi's frescos will likely be much less crowded than other famous chapels (like Arezzo's Piero della Francesco cycle). If you are especially keen, check out the history first. Romance and scandal followed Filippo Lippi! There is lots of info online about the affair between the artist and the young nun Lucrezia Buti, who posed for the figure Salome. I later read the fictionalized account by Laurie Lico Albanese in "The Miracles of Prato" and wished I had read it before I went.

Even if you are not big on Lippi, there are aspects of this cathedral that are unique. Check out the exterior pulpit, which has gorgeous relief carvings by Donatello. I have never seen an exterior pulpit. And the chapel of the sacred girdle is amazing. (I didn't even know there was a sacred girdle relic!!) Unfortunately, the chapel was closed the day we visited, but we could peek around the wrought iron gate to see the Gaddi frescoes. There were a few Pratesi praying in front of this chapel, and their reverence was palpable. Very moving.

Piazza del Duomo is grand. Lots of locals were there, and even in July there weren't many tourists. This is the real Italy.
Written December 3, 2013
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Aussiegirl64
Adelaide, Australia1,018 contributions
Nov 2012 • Business
Stunning cathedral, interesting outside walls in Green and White stone, frescoes all over the walls and ceiling inside the Cintola Chapel and near the Altar (and only EU3 entry).
Written November 12, 2012
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