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Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 5, 2012

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its construction began in 1294 and it was consecrated in 1442. Like Westminster Abbey, it houses the tombs of the rich and famous. Incidentally, the prominent Star of David in the facade was the work of the 19th century Jewish architect, Niccolo Matas of Ancona. He is buried under the porch, outside the walls of the church. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the facade because bleachers had been erected in the large square in front of the church. Photograph is permitted in the church, without flash or tripod.

View of the nave, looking towards the main altar.

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Nave, looking towards the door:

Santa Croce, Florence

Machiavelli’s tomb, by Innocenzo Spinazzi:

Macchiavelli's Tomb

Michelangelo’s tomb, by Giorgio Vasari:

Michelangelo's tomb

Dante’s tomb:

Dante's Tomb

Galileo’s tomb:

Galileo's Tomb

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Frescoes by Giotto:

Santa Croce, Florence

Giotto altar (1327), commissioned for the Baroncelli family:

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

In 1966, the Arno River flooded the area, causing considerable damage to the church and its artwork.

Santa Croce, Florence

3 Responses to “Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence”

  1. rifestitch said

    Great photos! I realllllyyy want to go to Italy some day…

  2. Judy said

    Absolutely SHOCKING how many famous people are Italian!

    Many of these we did not see on our way to Israel in the summer of 1968 when we toured Europe (I was a child – I came with my parents) because they were still repairing damage from that terrible flood.

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