Church of Santa Croce : Michelin's recommendations
Intended for preaching, the church is vast (140m by 40m), with an austere, T-shaped layout, consisting of a long rectangle divided into three naves with the main altar at one end, flanked by small side chapels and a short transept and roofed with fine painted rafters. Building began in 1284 to designs by Arnolfo di Cambio, and it was consecrated in 1442. The Neo-Gothic façade only dates from 1857 and the present-day campanile from 1867. The pulpit in the nave (1476), illustrating the life of St Francis, was carved by Maiano. The right aisle contains a rich succession of tombs and works of art: a Madonna and Child (1478) by Rosselino, the tomb of Michelangelo (decorated with three statues representing Sculpture, Painting and Architecture, by Vasari, 1570), the memorial to Dante (buried in Ravenna), the tomb of the playwright Alfieri by Canova (1810), the tomb of Machiavelli, an Annunciation by Donatello (1430) in limestone, touched with gold and, finally, the tomb of the humanist, Leonardo Bruni. On the other side is the tomb of Galileo, a Pietà by Bronzino and the tombstone of Ghibertii. The south transept has frescoes depicting the Life of the Virgin Mary by Gaddi in the Baroncelli Chapel. The side chapel to the right of the altar is covered with frescoes by Giotto illustrating the life of St Francis. The sanctuary is decorated with frescoes relating the Legend of the Holy Cross by A. Gaddi. The Bardi Chapel in the north transept contains a wooden Crucifix by Donatello, a work of such realism that Brunelleschi sought to surpass its excellence in Santa Maria Novella. The 14C sacristy contains a fine Resurrection by T. Gaddi.
- Address : Piazza Santa Croce I - 50122 Firenze50122Firenze
- Phone : 0552466105
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.santacroceopera.it
- Prices : 6 €
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