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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  • August 4, 2017
    One of the oldest churches of Florence, ancient Abbey belonging to the fraternity of Jerusalem, famous for having been the parish church of Beatrice Portinari, the love of the life of Dante, and the place where he saw it in mass. It houses interesting works of art, among which highlights 'The vision of St. Bernard,' first work of stage of maturity Filippino Lippi, already far from the influence of his teacher Boticelli and with flamenco flair in the realization of the landscape.
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  • May 28, 2017
    in the Center in front of the National Museum of the Bargello this monastic complex is really worth a visit with its cloister and monastic products for sale at specific hours. The Interior is beautiful and has a very important organ functioning. If you can attend one of religious witness such a mystical religiosity. Free entrance
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  • May 10, 2017
    Church very well maintained. Very interesting the ceiling looked inside the Church Finder, all done in wood with a very complex composition.
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  • .Very nice building to explore if you're in downtown Florence.
  • One of the highlights of the Badia is the charming Chiostro degli Aranci (Cloister of the Oranges), which was built between 1432 and 1438 to a design by Bernardo Rossellino. The upper loggia of the cloister is decorated with a series of frescoes, which illustrate scenes from the life of Saint Benedict. The cloister is only open to the public on Monday afternoons from 15.00 until 18.00.
  • Vespers are amazing here.
  • An absolutely pure and serene church for deep meditation and contemplation.
  • Wonderful

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