Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze
3 Via de' Bentaccordi, Florence, Italy
Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze Florence Reviews
In the Santa Croce Sep 30, 2012
The Basilica di Santa Croce was a church I very much wanted to visit.
The facade dominates the Piazza di Santa Croce and catches ones attention upon entering the square. The Gothic church was built from 1294 to 1442 for the Franciscans. But the striking marble facade is neo-Gothic and a later addition, dating from 1857-1863. Interestingly, the facade, designed by by Nicolò Matas, was commissioned by an English admirer of the church and Florence, (Matas was Jewish and included a prominent Star of David at the apex.)
Santa Croce was a popular church in Florence and notable Florentines were buried or commemorated there. After Italian unification, Santa Croce became a kind of Pantheon for many Italians of accomplishment.
As we were visiting on a Sunday morning, mass was still in progress at Santa Croce. However, the officials were kindly letting visitors in anyway. So, we kept to the back of the church. But, here were the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo and a cenotaph to Dante. The marble pulpit with scenes from the life of St Francis, carved by Benedetto da Maiano (c. 1475), could be enjoyed, too.
I would have liked to have stopped at the tomb of composer Giacomo Rossini, but it was further forward where the service was in progress.
Definitely a church to explore!
Interior photography is permitted.
Part of the Historic Centre of Florence UNESCO World Heritage site.
Part of the list UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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Great frescoes and tombs Oct 12, 2010
The Basilica di Santa Croce is located very near il Duomo. Founded in the thirteenth century, it is the largest Franciscan church in the world and the frescoes contained within its walls were painted by Giotto and his disciples.
If these titbits of information don’t impress you enough to visit the place, then the following bit might. The church has become famous for being the final resting place for a galaxy of famous Italian greats, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini to name but a few.
Apart from paying your respects to such great names, the church contains some amazing art work. The frescoes were being restored when I was there, but the remaining ones on show are very impressive. The pulpit is also very ornate and a lot of effort has gone into it in comparison to other churches. Outside the main church, the Pazzi Chapel can be found and this is well worth a visit too.
This church is definitely worth visiting, if only for the frescoes and famous tombs.
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