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Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 1, 2013

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (“New Church of Saint Mary”), near the train station of the same name, was Florence’s first major basilica. Dating back to the thirteenth century, it’s called “new” because it was built on the site of a ninth century oratory dedicated to Mary. I took a few photos on an overcast afternoon, so the skies aren’t very blue.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella:

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Façade, dated 1470.

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Detail of façade:

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

External wall around the old cemetery:

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Sign hanging in front of the Alinari National Museum of Photography, on the opposite side of the piazza from the church. If I’d known what it was at the time I would have made time for a visit! I only discovered what it was when I tried identifying the building an hour ago.

Alinari National Museum of Photography, Florence

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