The Pulpit outside Prato Cathedral
This open-air pulpit was not just for sermons, but for display of the Sacred Girdle of the Virgin which, having dropped into the hands of Doubting Thomas, was supposedly acquired by a Pratese nobleman in Constantinople about the time of the First Crusade. Regarded as proof of the Virgin’s Assumption, the relic was clearly a matter for civic pride in Prato, the patron of the Chapel being the commune itself instead of a particular fraternity.
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