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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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  • I won't speak of the Church even if it deserves a review, one of the most ancient Florentine churches which saw the blossoming love between Dante and Beatrice, as they say. I would rather tell you about the experience I had going to this sacred place, where monks and nuns of the fraternity of Jerusalem pray prostrate wrapped in a snow-white robe. An emotion that I'll never forget
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  • The Badia Fiorentina is one of the oldest churches in Florence and at the same time one of the least known. Its construction dates back to before the year 1000, then was sold by a private individual to Countess Willa of Tuscany (very devout woman) mother of count Hugh of Tuscany, beloved by the Florentines, and said by Dante "Gran Baron" as reported by the plaque on the exterior wall of the Church.
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  • Among the many towers that rise in the heart of Florence, between the Old Building and the Bargello, stands the ancient Church of the Badia Fiorentina, hexagonal and steeped in history, historic events, burial of great characters starting from the Marquis Ugo di Toscana, a treasure trove of little-known treasures in the transition between Gothic and Renaissance.
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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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