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." Plan your visit to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • A serene and quiet church, but a wonderful surprise. The cloisters are peaceful, atmospheric and worthwhile spending a slow afternoon wandering through the frescos and covered archways. Better than th...  more »
  • Located close to the central train station of Florence. The name of the station is named from this church. That is hanging from the ceiling is a large cross went inside the Church and comes and goes. Stained-glass Windows and placed behind the altar, next to its famous frescoes. Seems that fresco paintings of Ghirlandaio's "life of the Virgin Mary". Tommaso Masaccio's "Trinity" is famous it is. Across "the last supper" was in the old dining room. Florence is some "last supper" by da Vinci's "last supper" is the most famous, but so is the fun.
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  • Church of unquestionable international artistic value, the Interior contains extraordinary masterpieces, including the Trinity by Masaccio, Ghirlandaio's frescoes in the Cappella Tornabuoni, the crucifix by Brunelleschi and Giotto's crucifix hung at half of the nave. Admission fee.
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  • As I walked in, a small group came in too and one of them said "I"m not paying 7 euros to enter a church." STOP! This is not just a church - it's a stunning example of the integration of religion with art, history and aesthetics. Do not be put off by the fee and walk away. See it! I cannot express how glad I was to walk around for over two hours to view amazing stuff. Particularly if you're religious, the symbolism and artwork will strike you because for the Dominicans, they came to convert the Carthars who disbelieved the human side of Jesus. Therefore, the artwork is heavily influenced by the Madonna who represents Jesus' earthly mother. Enjoy the thrill of being in a world class artistic experience. Plus in December, there were a handful of people at 12pm!
  • Visit the church first, but then take 20 minutes for a walk in the “chiostro” to feel a real italian medieval atmosphere.
  • Being a very old Basilica, this one stands out right in front of the Firenze Train Station. One of the most popular tourist sites.
  • Next time I will dedicate more time to see better this amazing place :-)
  • The beautiful church in Florence is magnificent and a must watch grossing the top priority list of visits in Florence.
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