Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, Florence

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The Church of Santi Apostoli is a Romanesque-style, Roman Catholic church in the historic center of Florence, in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is among the oldest church buildings in Florence.HistoryThe church 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 Age features. Tradition recalls that Michelangelo convinced Bindo Altoviti, who planned to raise the ground level, not to rebuild, but instead preserve the church. It faces the Piazza del Limbo (Limbo Square), so-called because in Medieval times it housed a cemetery for children and infants who had died before being 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. Noteworthy 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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  • really a beautiful little church to see, a little off the beaten tourist track, but well worth it
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  • Santi Apostoli Street within walking distance in the direction of the West and to the left. Small old stacks of Brown bricks that so is the Church. Small in front of the church square. So I went in the morning to the Church was closed. Grandpa and grandson was playing in the Plaza in front of the Church. It was a cute boy. Santi Apostoli Street within walking distance in the direction of the West and to the left. Small old stacks of Brown bricks that so is the Church. Small in front of the church square. So I went in the morning to the Church was closed. Grandpa and grandson was playing in the Plaza in front of the Church. It was a cute boy. I did not know Church emerge in the opening scene of the film "that calm and passion"!
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  • A beautiful church, different from the others, but always fascinating, a place not to be missed
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  • It's a beautiful church, and they even have an English Mass on Sunday morning! I thought it was worth stopping in. It is antique and really has its own character amidst so many grandiose attractions in Florence.
  • Beautiful small church off the typical tourist route with some impressive works of art.
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  • During the sacred atmosphere. Got in free. It is a location between calm and passion.
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