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The Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie: photos, description Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie)

The Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the religious attractions in the Tuscan town of Arezzo. The Church is located on the site of the ancient sanctuary with the source, which in the Etruscan-Roman period and was dedicated to the God Apollo. In the Middle ages it was known as Fonte TEKTA.

In 1425, the year Saint Bernardino of Siena tried in vain to destroy the sanctuary. Expelled from the city, he returned three years later and this time was able to get permission to be on the site of a pagan temple was built a chapel. It was here in 1428-1431-m years parry di Spinello painted a fresco of the Madonna di Misericordia, which is now inserted in the marble altar of Andrea della Robbia. On the altar depicts the Madonna and child between two angels and saints Lawrence, Donato, Bernardino and Bergantin and paliotto - altar veil is decorated with a Pietà.

About 1490, the year the chapel was built the portico, designed by the architect Benedetto da Maiano. It is believed that on its creation the wizard was inspired by the foundling hospital (OSPEDALE degli Innocenti) in Florence. With the longest side of the portico consists of seven arcades with medallions.

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was built in 1435-1444-m years by the architect Domenico del Fattore. It is a building in late Gothic style with a single nave and a short apse. The Church interior is decorated with fresco depicting Pope Sixtus IV and the cardinals Gonzaga and Piccolomini. To the right is the chapel of San Bernardino, is built after the Saint's death in 1444, the year.