It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance urban ideas were first
      put into practice after Pope Pius II decided in 1459 to renovate
      his birthplace. The architect chosen, Bernardo Rossellino, applied
      the principles of his mentor Leone Alberti and built the extraordinary
      Pius II Square, around which are built the Piccolomini Palace, the
      Borgia Palace and the cathedral with its purely Renaissance exterior
      and an interior in the late Gothic style of south German churches.


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