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Long and wide stairs lead from Viale Galileo to the church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy. 
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Long and wide stairs lead from Viale Galileo to the church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy.
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Our favourite place for watching the Tuscan sunset: stairs leading to the church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy. 
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Our favourite place for watching the Tuscan sunset: stairs leading to the church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy.
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The church of San Miniato al Monte, Florence: an eagle which crowns the façade is the symbol of the Florentine cloth merchants' guild who were responsible for the church's upkeep from 1288The church of San Miniato al Monte, FlorenceThe Cemetery of San Miniato al Monte in FlorenceThe Florentine sunsetThe church of San Miniato al Monte, FlorenceTuscan sunset
Inside the church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy. 
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Inside the church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, Italy.

Wikipedia: "San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain) is a basilica in Florence, central Italy, standing atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetan monastery, seen to the right of the basilica when ascending the stairs.
St. Miniato or Minas was an Armenian prince serving in the Roman army under Emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming a hermit and was brought before the Emperor who was camped outside the gates of Florence. The Emperor ordered him to be thrown to beasts in the Amphitheatre where a panther was called upon him but refused to devour him. Beheaded in the presence of the Emperor, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno and walked up the hill of Mons Fiorentinus to his hermitage. A shrine was later erected at this spot and there was a chapel there by the 8th century. Construction of the present church was begun in 1013 by Bishop Alibrando and it was endowed by the Emperor Henry II. The adjoining monastery began as a Benedictine community, then passed to the Cluniacs and then in 1373 to the Olivetans, who still run it."

"In the presbytery we find the marble enclosure and transenna with the pulpit and altar, decorated with geometrical motifs which are of classic origin with Near Eastern influences. The mosaic in the apse depicts Christ between the Madonna and San Miniato and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists and was made around the beginning of the 13th centuryl it is noteworthy for the technical expertise used in creating the unusual chiaroscuro effects." (Chiara Migliorini Fantechi: Florence: Guide to the City, Florence 2004).

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Christ between Madonna and San Miniato" - the mosaic (1297) in the apse of the church of San Miniato al Monte in FlorenceThe church of San Miniato al Monte, Florence: a detail from the presbiteryThe church of San Miniato al Monte, FlorenceThe church of San Miniato al Monte, Florence
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