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    Default San Biagio in Montepulciano, Tuscany .

    Down in the valley, below the handsome town of Montepulciano, sits the Tempio di San Biagio. From above, this church dedicated to Saint Blaise looks like a compact jewel box, its cream travertine facade in contrast with the green cypresses and vineyards of the expansive Tuscan countryside.
    San Biagio is monumental in scale. Designed by Antonio da Sangallo, the church is modeled after the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Carceri in Prato, a church designed by Antonioís older brother Giuliano da Sangallo. This church may look familiar because its Greek Cross design of the Prato basilica inspired the architectural plans for several Renaissance churches, including Brunelleschiís dome in Florence and Saint Peterís Basilica.
    San Biagio was constructed between 1518 and 1540 and is considered the greatest artistic achievement of Antonio da Sangallo, even though he died (1534) before its completion.

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