Florence Immersion, Album No. 1  

The Cathedral of Prato, an old parish church of St. Stephen, was built in the fifteenth century. The church is unique because it houses a unique relic - the Virgin Mary's Sacred Belt. The belt is stored inside this ornate vessel just inside the Cathedral's doors. The belt, or girdle as Cook liked to describe it, is displayed from an unusual pulpit built on the front of the church. The pulpit features sculpture by the great Renaissance artist Dontello. The belt is displayed six times a year from the outdoor pulpit.

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