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Ognissanti, Florence

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The chiesa di San Salvatore di Ognissanti or more simply chiesa di Ognissanti, is a Franciscan church located on the piazza of the same name in central Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy. Founded by the lay order of the Umiliati, the church was dedicated to all the saints and martyrs, known and unknown.HistoryIt was completed originally during the 1250s, but almost completely rebuilt around 1627 in Baroque-style by the architect Bartolomeo Pettirossi. Soon after, a new façade (1637) was erected using designs by Matteo Nigetti, that conserved the glazed terracotta lunette over the doorway, which while resembling the work of Della Robbia, is now attributed to Benedetto Buglioni. Ognissanti was among the first examples of Baroque architecture to penetrate this Renaissance city. Its two orders of pilasters enclose niches and windows with elaborate cornices. To the left of the façade is a campanile of 13th and 14th century construction.The Umiliati, by the dedication and probity of the lay brothers and sisters, gained a reputation in Florence, and dedicated works of art began to accumulate in their severely simple church. For example, Giotto's celebrated Madonna and Child with angels (c. 1310) was painted for the high altar. Recent cleaning of the Crucifix in the left transept has led this work to be attributed also to Giotto. During the sixteenth century, the Umiliati declined in power, and in 1571 the Franciscan order assumed control of the church, and were able to bring to the church precious relics, such as a robe of St Francis of Assisi.
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  • It is not the most famous, but it's definitely one of the most beautiful churches in the city. Thirteenth-century origin, has been revised several times over the course of time and inside are wonderful treasures of art from Giotto (you remain open-mouthed in front of the amazing his crucifix), until Botticelli (who is buried here) and Ghirlandaio (in the refectory there is a spectacular last supper painted by him). Outside there is a bezel for the entrance to the glazed ground, attributed to Giovanni Della Robbia. Praiseworthy the fact that you can visit for free in absolute freedom.
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  • With its imposing baroque façade this church contains a Ghirlandaio pearls like a Botticelli... Don't miss a remarkable the same Ghirlandaio supper in the refectory. Attention this mural is visible only on Mondays Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9: 00 to 13: 00.
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  • Define a "niche", for real connoisseurs. A little publicized Church, barely visible and little known even to the Florentines. Inexplicable ... Beautiful church, a real treasure trove of art. Apart from the wonderful crucifix painted by Giotto, a work which the artist performed at a young age in my humble opinion more beautiful of the crucifix in Santa Maria Novella, in this church there are 2 spectacular frescoes, facing each other. One of Ghirlandaio and Botticelli. Sorry if it shortly. Our Lady of mercy, also by Ghirlandaio, where under the cloak of our Lady is portrayed with the young Amerigo Vespucci, the whole family. As well as the grave of Sandro Botticelli. This church is closely related the story of the most beautiful woman of the Renaissance Italian, Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci. Genoese noblewoman, married at a young age to Marco Vespucci, distant relative of Amerigo. Just after moving to Florence, the entire city fell in love with this girl, including Giuliano de Medici and Sandro Botticelli. Giuliano de ' Medici made her Lady, and for this reason the Church called it at the time "sinner" and Sandro Botticelli his muse, for example in "the birth of Venus and allegory of spring. But also in other works. He died young at 23 years you plan on TB and buried in this Church through the intercession of the Medici family, to whom it was impossible to turn down a request. Sandro Botticelli wanted to be buried in this church to be close to his muse for eternity. Beautiful and moving story. Church in my opinion.
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