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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  • The crypt is automatically included in the combined Duomo ticket so entry is free once you have this. With so much to see and do in Florence, you could easily dismiss the crypt as just an add-on but i...  more »
  • Visit the duomo ending with the crypt. Passionate about archaeology, be blessed, for others, interesting because the crypt resumes the birth of the duomo by talking about the church san reparata, church originally in place. Access to the crypt by the combined ticket, preferably to buy on the net, simpler.
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  • Located within the Duomo, this area was opened to the public in 1974, providing a unique view of the reconstruction of Florence. Many artifacts have been recovered and are on display within this area....  more »
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  • Kinda lame, felt too much of a museum. Too much work done to it. Would have been way better if it was restored to factory spec as opposed to throwing concrete floors and paths.
  • Very interesting to learn about the old cathedral that stood here before this one was build. And amazing to walk underneath the cathedral floor and see the beautiful remains. You do need a ticket to enter.
  • You can see the remains of the small church that the cathedral was built around
  • Very particular and well-set the Crypt of Santa Reparata, under the Dome, contains mosaics and memorials of famous people of ancient Florence. It Is very small and can be visited in a short time and there are also the tombs of Giovanni de ' Medici and Filippo Brunelleschi. It is accessible from the central nave of the Cathedral.
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  • I could not go despite having paid 20 euros to see the whole complex, since first you have to enter the basilica and there was a queue between 1-2 hours!
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