Basilica di San Francesco, Arezzo

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The relatively simple interior decor of sets off the famous fresco--Legends of the True Cross--that adorns its walls. Some of the small frescoes in the niches date back to the 14th century. Before you get to these, you'll pass under a crucifix suspended with a Madonna in Majesty. The basilica's main cathedral features a single, large nave with chapels on either side. Beneath this cathedral, a chiesa inferiore (lower church) displays temporary exhibits paying homage to the city and the church's history. To visit Basilica di San Francesco on your holiday in Arezzo, and find out what else Arezzo has to offer, use our Arezzo trip builder app .
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  • The beautiful church of San Francesco is worth visiting, well preserved, the entrance is free of charge.
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  • Church in the city centre, we didn't do the tour completed Interior which is a fee but you can see from the entrance which would be worth for those who love the genre.
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  • Piero della Francesca left us on plaster movie of the "history of the true cross", a masterpiece of Renaissance painting. Fresco us arrived almost intact, he tells us, in serial form, the legend mentioned above while keeping alive the sense of drama and richness of detail. The Basilica which houses the Chapel is a splendid example of architecture of 1300 with a single nave. Not to be missed.
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  • Beautiful old church with some beautiful frescoes. Worth a quick visit walking through town.
  • Beautiful frescoes by Piero della Francesca. One of the the greatest painters of all time
  • The church is amazing but the ticket is little bit expensive ( 8 € ).
  • It's nice but 8€ to see only a few church wall paintings is a rip off. It's like a joke. ( The Uffizi gallery costs €8 ! )Plus you can't really see it close, they re high up.
  • A spare interior behind a rustic facade gives no clues to the art treasure on the walls. The Legend of the True Cross, though faded and peeling in places, remains a staggering work of Renaissance brilliance. Not to be missed. Admission is timed, so you need to allow for the possibility of a short wait.
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