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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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The first great basilica in Florence, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is a treasure house of sacred ornaments and artifacts built on top of an earlier place of worship that dates back to the ninth century. The most famous are the Gothic and Renaissance frescoes commissioned by the city's most prominent families. The interior of the basilica is a labyrinth of chapels, all decorated with Renaissance artwork commissioned by families such as the Medicis. One of these family members, Cosimo I, held chariot races in the large square at the front entrance. This tradition lasted until the 19th century. Look at the sacristy for one of Giotto's early works, "John the Evangelist." Use our Florence travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and other attractions in Florence.
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  • This cathedral is an absolute must see!!! Absolutely amazing and detailed on the outside!! They put most of the money into the outside and there is endless beauty and details to see. The local guide s...  more »
  • If you go to Florence by train is the first thing that appears there. .. and you do have to come in and visit this amazing Church near the station ... you won't regret it!
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  • Is more closed than open. I understand the sacred celebrations, but there are also tourists (like myself) to please! Either way is a must for the Trinity of Masaccio, amazing.
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  • Good place but fee can be smaller. Admission is 5 Euro and wait is quite a bit since there is only one cashier. Coming from Rome where there are so many beautiful Basilica's it felt strange to pay for admission to the church and endure long line. While inside there were a good number of painting and nice courtyards and mini museum. Overall it's a good experience.
  • Couple of things I learned while here: 1. The Basilica di Santa Maria Novella is the only church with its original facade still in place 2. It's the oldest church in Florence 3. An incredibly beautiful Gothic Church. Very happy to have made this part of my itinerary
  • A cavernous basilica filled with art treasures on its walls (frescoes and sculpted tributes to saints and rich-guy benefactors), and a magnificent altar. Tranquil inner cloisters and headstones from long-ago are certainly worth poking around as well.
  • The highlight of the churches in Florence is that they're all free mini art galleries. Santa Maria Novella is no exception to this. Swing in, look at the paintings, enjoy the architecture.
  • Another one of Florence's many beautiful churches both spectacular on the inside and outside. Worth the visit.