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Badia Fiorentina, Florence
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The Badìa Fiorentina is an abbey and church now home to the Fraternity of Jerusalem situated on the Via del Proconsolo in the centre of Florence, Italy. Dante supposedly grew up across the street in what is now called the 'Casa di Dante', rebuilt in 1910 as a museum to Dante (though in reality unlikely to be his real home). He would have heard the monks singing the Mass and the Offices here in Latin Gregorian chant, as he famously recounts in his Commedia: "Florence, within her ancient walls embraced, Whence nones and terce still ring to all the town, Abode aforetime, peaceful, temperate, chaste." In 1373, Boccaccio delivered his famous lectures on Dante's Divine Comedy in the subsidiary chapel of Santo Stefano, just next to the north entrance of the Badia's church.HistoryThe abbey was founded as a Benedictine institution in 978 by Willa, Countess of Tuscany, in commemoration of her late husband Hubert, and was one of the chief buildings of medieval Florence. A hospital was founded in the abbey in 1071. The church bell marked the main divisions of the Florentine day. Between 1284 and 1310 the Romanesque church was rebuilt in Gothic style, but in 1307 part of the church was demolished to punish the monks for non-payment of taxes. The church underwent a Baroque transformation between 1627 and 1631. The prominent campanile, completed between 1310 and 1330, is Romanesque at its base and Gothic in its upper stages. Its construction was overseen by the famous chronicler Giovanni Villani.
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  • We visited on our last morning in Florence. I had "popped" my head in the previous evening during Vespers, but didn't want to disturb. Lovely, quiet and an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside. Wh...  more »
  • I popped in to see the church around 6:30pm and the Monks and Nuns were singing the most lovely mass. It was acapella and magical. I tried a couple more times to attend a service but missed...what a s...  more »
  • Central Abbey Baroque that certainly stands out by its belfry, finished between 1310 and 1330, is Romanesque in its base and Gothic in its plants upper. On the outside does not say much but inside is quite nice, highlights the vision of St. Bernard by Filippino Lippi
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  • Vespers are amazing here.
  • An absolutely pure and serene church for deep meditation and contemplation.
  • Wonderful
  • Impressive church. This stopped in time.
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  • Worth checking out
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