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.|
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