San Miniato al Monte

1062; facade, 12th-13th century

Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence, San Miniato uses colored marble inlays on the facade, a feature that is characteristic of Florentine architecture. See the Florence Baptistry of San Giovanni and the later Renaissance church Santa Maria Novella of Alberti.
Unlike the decorative facades of some Florentine buildings, the arcades of the facade do not reflect the interior of the church--a basilical plan with two side aisles. The upper levels of the facade are later than the lower arcade. Here the ornamental paneling is almost overdone with decorative elements.

See this very rich site on San Miniato.

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