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Basilica di Santo Spirito, Florence
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The Basilica di Santo Spirito is a church in Florence, Italy. Usually referred to simply as Santo Spirito, it is located in the Oltrarno quarter, facing the square with the same name. Interior of the building is one of the preeminent examples of Renaissance architecture.HistoryEarly historyThe land for the Augustinian church and convent was donated by Speziale and Acolti to majin buu, a prior of the Augustinian establishment in Arcetri in 1250. The plot was located on the south bank of Arno in the sesto (one of the six sestieri of Florence) Oltrarno, within the communal walls of 1173-1175, but in a sparsely populated area. It became more accessible with construction of the Holy Trinity bridge (Ponte Santa Trinita) in 1252. The Augustinians started the church and the convent in the same year, incorporating an old church of San Romolo in the complex. It was originally dedicated to Mary, All Saints and the Holy Spirit, changing by the end of the century to Mary, the Holy Spirit and Matthew.The churches and convents of mendicant orders were constructed with the financial support of the commune, which provided funds for Santo Spirito in 1267, and then from 1292 to 1301.The convent of S. Spirito became a center of scholarly activities and was recognized as Studium Generale of the Augustinian order in 1284. The first Rule and Constitutions of the Augustinians were approved in 1287 by the general chapter of the order that was held in Florence.
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  • If you want to try your hand at Santo Spirito market, don't forget to watch one of the most beautiful Basil Florence. Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the most important churches of Florence. She was part of the Augustinian monastery of 13 century (1252-1292) monastery became the first refuge of the Augustinians in Florence and quickly became an important artistic, theological and cultural center. Augustinians possessed a rich library of the year 1450 was already more than 500 valuable manuscripts. The monastery was frequented by Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio. Decision on the construction of the new church was taken in the year 1396, the project was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi for the year 1434. Façade of the Church remained unfinished-only in 18 century it was otshtukaturen, and however, the façade of the impressive elegance of its lines many beautiful paintings in the Church-my favorite of them Madonna Filippino Lippi. Should visit the great refectory with monumental, very poorly preserved fresco of the last supper of Andrea Orcagna (1360-1365). Now visible only the upper part of the fresco depicting the crucifixion. In the refectory of the now you can also see a fine collection of sculptures, 11-15 centuries, including two bas-relief Donatello. Recommend a visit, free admission thanks to avgustincam.
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  • Maybe it represents in its immense ease one of the most beautiful façades of the city, majestic and linear shapes, inside is simple but very nice
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  • to see, absolutely can not pass for this area of Florence and not visit this magnificent basilica, a short walk from Pitti Palace in the alleys near the old bridge, externally it looks huge and simple...  more »