Firenze: Santa Croce e Da Vinci Code

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Here is the theatre.
So, it's kind of coincidental that the same time I'm over in Italy, the Da Vinci Code movie is coming out. They were playing the movie in the theatre in English for some select showings, so we got to see it! I hadn't read the book, but it was a neat experience. The inside of the theatre was beautiful, like a stage theatre would be. That same day we went to see Santa Croce, which is another church in Florence. Out of all the churches in Florence, including the Cathedral, if you had to pick only one to see, I would pick Santa Croce. It has a chapel that is very simple and was designed by Brunelleschi, but most interestingly, it is where Michelangelo is buried, Machiavelli, Dante, Galileo and a whole bunch of other really famous/really rich Florentines! And their tombs are beautiful works of art as well.
Santa Croce
This was by far my favourite site in Florence! There is an interesting story about Galileo's tomb. You see, since he was a scientist, and the Church had a problem with some of his heliocentric views, they didn't want to allow him to be buried in Santa Croce like a respected Catholic citizen. However, Galileo had an apprentice that wanted him to be honored. He couldn't get it to happen. Years later, his son, or grandson, one of them, finally got it to happen. When they went to exhume the body, they found that there was a female body in the tomb with him that no one knew about. Galileo had a daughter whom he was very close to and had preceeded him in death. It seems that because his apprentice couldn't get him an honorable burial, he found a way to let him rest with his daughter. To this day she rests with him in his tomb, even though her name is not represented with him. 
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Here is the theatre.
Here is the theatre.
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Inside the nave.
Inside the nave.
They had incredible patterns in th…
They had incredible patterns in t…
A woman buried prominently in the …
A woman buried prominently in the…
Florentine leader,Alberto Astensi…
Florentine leader,Alberto Astensi…
Dantes tomb.
Dante's tomb.
His tomb caption
His tomb 'caption'
Michelangelos tomb.
Michelangelo's tomb.
Machiavellis tomb...hes my main …
Machiavelli's tomb...he's my main…
Heres the plate a bit closer.
Here's the plate a bit closer.
Heres the top of the tomb again.
Here's the top of the tomb again.
Galileos tomb...what a story!
Galileo's tomb...what a story!
Galileos plaque.
Galileo's plaque.
This is a painting in the chapel, …
This is a painting in the chapel,…
Here is the tree of Life.
Here is the tree of Life.
This is part of what Brunelleschi …
This is part of what Brunelleschi…
This is inside the Pazzi chapel.
This is inside the Pazzi chapel.
Here is the courtyard of the churc…
Here is the courtyard of the chur…
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