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Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, Florence

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The Church of Santi Apostoli is a Romanesque-style, Roman Catholic temple in central Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy. It is among the oldest church buildings in Florence.HistoryIt was built in the 11th century, and, though remodelled in the 15th and 16th centuries, is one of the few in the city to have maintained its High Middle Ages features. Tradition recalls that Michelangelo convinced Bindo Altoviti, who planned to raise the ground level, not to rebuild, but to preserve the church. It faces the Piazza del Limbo (Limbo Square), so-called for it anciently housed a cemetery for children who died before having been baptized. It is adjacent to the Palazzo Borgherini-Rosselli del Turco.A slab on the façade attributes the foundation to Charlemagne and his paladin Roland, in the year 800, but scholars assign it to the 11th century. A small bell tower was added by Baccio d'Agnolo in the 16th century.The simple façade, in Romanesque style, has a portal attributed to Benedetto da Rovezzano.InteriorThe plan, with a nave and two aisles with a semicircular apse, still shows Palaeo-Christian influences. It has green marble columns from Prato with capitals stripped from ancient Roman remains (the Corinthian ones probably coming from the baths existing in the area). The richly decorated wooden ceiling was added in 1333. Noteweorthy is the pavement, with a mosaic from the original edifice which was later restored with the contributions of outstanding Florentine families (Acciaioli, Altoviti and others). the apse area has maintained the Romanesque appearance, with undecorated stones visible. The side chapels are from the 16th century.
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  • If we didn't have the hotel piazza del Limbo, we would have missed this little gem a few steps from Ponte Vecchio and the Centre of Florence. Beautiful, mystical and suggestive has an important story and inside can boast an altar of Della Robbia, a painting by Vasari and the flints. That alone requires a visit but the small church exudes a mystical peace as it is hard to find.
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  • 10:30 a.m. Sunday's English Mass with Father Scott Murphy is a great way to start one's Sunday. He is always friendly and inviting.  more »
  • Tucked away in the small Piazza Del Limbo, only a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio, is the small Romanesque 11th century (?) church of Santi Apostoli. It's a small corner of serenity, undiscovered by...  more »
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  • Beautiful small church off the typical tourist route with some impressive works of art.
  • The green marble of Prato columns coming from the ancient Roman baths, that arose in that area; inside the Church are preserved the stones of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (here carried by Pazzino fools returning from the Crusades) that during the Easter morning mass in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, are used to access the "colombina".
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  • It was known in ancient times as "Old Cathedral of Florence," a plaque outside commemorates the Foundation before Charlemagne (historians postpone century) ... I read that in piazza del Limbo was the graveyard of children who have died without baptism. Inside the church there is the "Chapel Altoviti", this is where you will find the ancient "Stones of the Holy Sepulchre"
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  • Florentine Renaissance church is a beautiful very old before calling the old cathedral of Florence
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  • This is a small church. But this is one of the oldest churches in Florence.
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