Atop of the tallest hill overlooking Florence is the Basilica of San Miniato dedicated to Saint Miniato. In 250AD he was beheaded by a Roman Emperor for being a Christian and alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno river and walked up the hill to where the church now stands.

The church facade is a classic example of Romanesque architecture with white and green marble dating back to the 11th century. The interior has a beautifully high ceiling with decorated wooden beams and the floor is covered in a carpet of marble tiles. Two stone staircases on either side connect to an unusual architectural feature called an Ambo that leads to a vast presbytery at the back.
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