Visit Florence: Basilica di Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella

Author: Tavallai

Florence Churches, Italy

Santa Maria del Fiore
Work on the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore began in 1296 and was completed by Brunelleschi in 1436 with the famous Dome, which was painted inside with frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari. The square bell tower designed by Giotto in 1334 stands on the right-hand side of the Cathedral and is covered in white, green and red marble. The Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest monuments in Florence (1128), is located opposite the Cathedral and is built in Florentine Romanesque style.

Piazza del Duomo

Santa Croce
This church in the Gothic-Florentine style was built in the second half of the 12th century. Santa Croce contains several masterpieces: the frescoes by Giotto, the Crucifix by Cimabue and the Cappella dei Pazzi, a chapel built by Brunelleschi. The Basilica is famous throughout the world because some famous people are buried inside it, such as Alfieri, whose tomb was sculpted by Canova.

Piazza Santa Croce


The Basilica of San Miniato
Wer Climb its staircase and turn towards Florence to enjoy what is probably the most astonishing view of the city! It is one of the most enchanting churches in Florence. Boasting Florentine Romanesque style, the basilica was built between the sixth and the eighth century and still preserves magnificent frescoes and works of undisputable value. The Cappella del Cardinale del Portogallo, the marble facade and vestry are magnificent. The building is dedicated to the Christian martyr Minas, beheaded in the third century following Emperor Decius' persecutions. Under Medici rule, the monastery became a fortress and was later returned to the monks in the nineteenth century. A visit you surely won't regret! (basilica of San Miniato, Via del Monte alle Croci, Viale Galileo Galilei, Piazzale Michelangelo Tel. +39 055 234 2731 \

San Lorenzo

The interior of this church was completed by Brunelleschi and later, by Michelangelo. The Basilica di San Lorenzo’s façade is still not finished.
There are some works of art inside: the two pulpits built by Donatello when he was already 74 years old, The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana and the Tombe Medicee, works by Michelangelo, the Cappella dei Principi chapel with its magnificent decorations in marble and semiprecious stones.

Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence

Santa Maria Novella
Built in the 13th century according to the wishes of the Dominican monks, the Church’s façade is built in the Gothic-Romanesque style, with white and green marble. mportant works of art inside are the frescoes by Masaccio portraying the Holy Trinity, the Crucifix by Brunelleschi and the one by Giotto.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella

This church was built with the intention of becoming the people’s grain market, but was immediately used as a place of worship.
14 niches can be seen in the church’s outer walls containing the same number of statues of saints who are patrons of the arts and work “Corporations”.

Via dell’Arte della Lana


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