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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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  • This is another wonderful church in Florence. A large building with a dome on top and some wonderful pieces of artwork inside. Well worth a wander to take a look. 
  • The Church is normalita more, I do not know if it is because when I saw it came from Rome to see wonderful churches, or because it is not really anything of this world. They have a crucified of wood that say that it is Miguel Ángel, although when I arrived the travel and began to search for information, it is not shown, rather the opposite. I advise to see it only if they will be several days in Florence and take enough time, no is paramount.
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  • This basilica was a pleasant surprise as we stumbled across it by accident. It looks very ordinary from the outside but inside it is magnificent. You can't miss the beautiful wooden sculpture of the c...  read more »
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