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Italy, Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

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Location Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Coordinates N43 4 37 E11 40 43
Property 4.41 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/789 )

It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance town-planning concepts were first put into practice after Pope Pius II decided, in 1459, to transform the look of his birthplace. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino, who applied the principles of his mentor, Leon Battista Alberti. This new vision of urban space was realized in the superb square known as Piazza Pio II and the buildings around it: the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the cathedral with its pure Renaissance exterior and an interior in the late Gothic style of south German churches.

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