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The church of San Francesco al Prato, dating back to the 12th century, rises in Perugia in the homonymous square, next to the Renaissance oratory of San Bernardino. The church, one of the first in Italy built after the death of St. Francis, has, over the centuries, had a significant social-artistic significance in the history of the city of Perugia.

 

With a single nave, preserving the original structure, it has been for years hidden over the collapse of the vaults, due to landslide movements of the hill In the thirties and sixties of the twentieth century the desecrated temple was internally demolished: only the beginning of the second Millenium saw the start of a radical restoration, never ended, that would turn it into an auditorium.

 

The concept is to perform a soft restoration of the interior space and to create an expositions area, splitted in two sections, respectively dedicated to temporary activities and to the exposition of famous chalk statues owned by MUSA - Museo dell’Accademia.