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Crypt of Santa Reparata, Florence

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Santa Reparata is the former cathedral of Florence, Italy. Its name refers to Saint Reparata, an early virgin martyr who is the co-patron saint of Florence. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore was constructed over it.HistoryEver since the 3rd century there was an area in the north of Florence which was dedicated to Christianity and up to the Middle Ages represented the most important religious center of the city. From the 6th century onwards, a building complex called 'the sacred axis' was constructed in east-west direction (from the Piazza dell'Olio to the area of the apsis of the Duomo), which was traditionally considered the cult area in Late Antiquity, protected by existing Roman walls. The place included the Bishop's palace, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, a hospital, a parsonage, a graveyard, and three churches: Salvatore al Vescovo, San Michele Visdomini and Santa Reparata. The main point within the sacred axis was Santa Reparata, a sacral building of paleo-Christian origin which was probably the first construction of this building complex. The bones of Saint Zenobius (born about 328) were transferred to Santa Reparata at an unidentified time (according to most scientists it happened in the 9th century). At this time Santa Reparata became the new seat of the bishop, which had been in Basilica of San Lorenzo before that time.
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  • 5 sites to visit in the purchase of the ticket, it's the least interesting. But the scandal is the same! You pay for 5 sites you can visit only 2 If your mobility is reduced Add to that that the staff has been trained to be perfectly indifferent. Some say regret it but not being able to do otherwise.
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  • Santa Reparata is the old church, which was headquartered in the new built, you come into it via a staircase inside the Cathedral, there must have been a huge job to dig out all this stuff, it feels a bit exciting to sit down here and know that you have the entire Cathedral above the head. Here are resources to go on and you can see the old graves. It is very well organized and definitely worth a visit.
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  • Several times I have been in the Florence Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), but I never dwelt on the steps which is located almost at the end of the main nave and that leads to what erroneously first was called "Crypt". This is instead of the remains of the old cathedral, dedicated to Santa Reparata. When the Florentines have found that their Cathedral had become too narrow, they decided to build a larger and more representative for the city that had become the most populous and the Centre of large businesses. For project requirements, the new Cathedral was to be elevated above the floor, as well, with the resulting material of the demolition, they filled all the space of the previous Church, up to a height of two meters. This allowed, in 1966, when excavations began, to find his old plan and several testimonies of the old building. Some remarkable mosaics, frescoes, many tombstones (including that of Brunelleschi) and the funeral of Giovanni dei Medici. Remains of Roman houses and furnishings have emerged from the Roman era. The visit is recommended. Besides, now part of the package of views of the Opera del Duomo, which includes the Duomo, Santa Reparata, the baptistery, the Cathedral Museum and the climb to the dome by Brunelleschi and Giotto's campanile.
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  • It is the remains of the buildings prior to the Santa Maria del Fiore, ranging from a Roman House (from which mosaics are preserved), a Christian basilica and the Church prior to the paleo last and definitive Cathedral. The access is done from the interior of the Cathedral, just before the exit, going down to a lower level. While it is not a Museum for what you would pay an entry, the visit to Santa Reparata rest included in the entry to the whole complex (dome, the baptistery, the Museum of the Opera del Duomo), so it does not cost anything to take advantage of the visit.
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