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Church of Santa Felicita, Florence

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Santa Felicita is a Roman Catholic church in Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy, probably the oldest in the city after San Lorenzo. In the 2nd century, Syrian Greek merchants settled in the area south of the Arno and are thought to have brought Christianity to the region. The first church on the site was probably built in the late 4th century or early 5th century and was dedicated to Saint Felicity of Rome. A new church was built in the 11th century and the current church largely dates from 1736–1739, under design by Ferdinando Ruggieri, who turned it into a one nave edifice. The monastery was suppressed under the Napoleonic occupation of 1808-1810.The Vasari Corridor passes through the façade of this church and on the inside there is large window, covered by a thick gate, where the Grand Dukes of the Medici family used to listen to the mass without being seen by the people staying at ground level.DescriptionIn the piazza in front of the façade, stands the rebuilt 15th-century Column of Santa Felicita. Only the 14th century Chapter House survives from the Romanesque with fragmentary frescoes (1387) by Niccolò di Pietro Gerini (Crucifixion and in the ceiling, roundels with the Redeemer and the Seven Virtues).
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  • On the way to the Palazzo Pitti, there was this church! There is a little square in front of the Church, set back a little from the street. Rides rather inconspicuous, take care of, fails and. Is put in the gate, closed the gates in front of the Church, is the key to the Church entrance was consuming. Just like was off in the afternoon hours.
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  • quiet church but don't miss the Medici balcony at the rear of the church which the family were able to access via the Vasari corridor in order to hear mass in this quite unassuming church.  more »
  • The Church closes at 1230 and reopens at 1600. During this time, and until February 2018, you can avoid visiting and go on other sites fiorentini because its top, the Capponi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi with the deposition by Pontormo is being restored!
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  • Step inside the church of Santa Felicita to see one of the most beautiful paintings in Florence. Jacopo Pontormo's depiction of the Deposition, which hangs in the Capponi Chapel, to the right of the entrance, is a masterpiece of Mannerist art. Pontormo also painted the fresco of the Annunciation, which adorns the side wall of the chapel. At the time of writing (April, 2017) the chapel is closed for restoration.
  • Pontormo heaven with a few other gems!
  • good place
  • Great pizzeria there!!
  • Delicious risotto & sea food dish.

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