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    Florence in Moscow

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 16, 2012

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    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Florence even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see
    Luca Della Robbia “Ressurection of Christ” (1442-1445) and “Ascension of Christ” (1446-1450), Cantoria (singing gallery) (1431-1437) plaster casts from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
    Donatello “Tabernacle of the Annunciation (Cavalcanti Annunciation) (1430th) plaster cast in the Basilica di Santa Croce.
    Benedetto Da Maiano “Pulpit with Scenes from the life of St Francis” (1472-1476) plaster cast in the Basilica di Santa Croce.
    Lorenzo Ghiberti “The Shrine of St. Zenobius” (1432-1438) casts from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
    Andrea Veroccio “Putto with Dolphin” (1435-1438) plaster cast.

    Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by these masterpieces… Never knew that I would be able to watch them in Florence…

    12 Volkhonka St., Moscow
    (tel.: +7 495 609-95-20, +7 495 697-95-78, +7 495 697-74-12),
    Metro station: "Kropotkinskaya".
    Ticket price for foreign visitors 400 rubles (10 euro) for adults,
    200 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.
    Attention! Ticket prices for exhibitions might differ from those for permanent collections.
    Visitors are offered audio guides in Russian, English, German, French and Italian.
    Many exciting tours are on offer!

    Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm
    Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm
    Closed Monday

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    Dante's House

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 16, 2012

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    In the historical center of Florence in the 200, between the church of S. Martino and the Public square Dei Donati, rose the houses of the Alighieri. In the first years of the 1900's, the Common of Florence made to construct the Dante house where the tradition wants that the poet was born. Here is situated the Museum House of Dante that is divided in three plans.
    Price: 4 €

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    Chiesa Russa Ortodossa della Nativita

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 16, 2012

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    The Russian Orthodox Church in Florence was built in 1899–1903 by the Russian community which passed long periods in Florence and it represents a significant chapter in the story of Florence. It was built by the best Russian and Florentine artists and during the years has suffered considerable damage.
    Today we can admire it in all it's glory thanks to the restoring of the works of art on the part of the Soprintendenza dei Beni Ambientali and Architettonici di Florencethe five brilliant small domes shaped as onions, seen outside, are astonishing inside the church tall figures of Orthodox/saints populate the many coloured mural paintings and the icons in byzantine style. The precious building was built between 1899 and 1903, but it's story, interlaced with the of the Russian colony in Florence, is much older.

    The Russian Orthodox church in Florence is in Via Leone X, at the crossroad with Viale Milton.

    Chiesa Russa Ortodossa della Nativita Chiesa Russa Ortodossa della Nativita
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    Alice's Masks

    by GrumpyDiver Written Mar 14, 2012

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    Everyone thinks of the Venetian masks as one of the great wonders of Italy, but really the best place in Italy to appreciate (and buy ) these masks is at Alice's Masks, in Florence.

    Alice is the daughter of the famed Florentine mask maker, Professor Agustino Dessi (who taught sculpture at the University of Florence) and the stunning masks he sells at his sho there

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    Santo Stefano al Ponte

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    Santo Stefano al Ponte was constructed in the 11th and 12th century in a Romanesque style with a polychome marble facade. In the 14th century, however, the exterior was renovated and its the upper part become in the Gothic style. On the lower part of the facade only the marble work around the portal and two windows on each side remains. In the 17th century the interiors of the church was renovated converting it three aisles plan to an open hall.
    The annexed Diocesiam Museum houses a panel with a Madonna by Giotto.

    Santo Stefano al Ponte Santo Stefano al Ponte

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    Biblioteca del Palagio di Parte Guelfa

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    Biblioteca del Palagio di Parte Guelfa used to be once the church of Santa Maria sopra Porta, which was known back in 1038. The church was reconstructed in the 13th century, deconsecrated and become the seat of the Capitani di Parte Guelfa (Captains of the Guelphs). The church is characteristic for its two sided stairs entrance, which used to be very comon style for the small churches but abandoned later. Only two other churches at Florence have the same type of stair-entrance. Since 1987 it is public library.

    Santa Maria sopra Porta

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    Porta al Prato

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    Porta del Prato is situated in Piazzale il Prato where, in the medieval times of Florence, used to be the weekly livestock fair. It is one of the oldest gates to the town built in 1285 at the same time when most of the city walls were built. In 1526 its height was level down in order to be less exposed to the new artilery arms. At the same time a loggetta was added on its top.
    I am sorry for the quality of the pics, both have been taken from the inside of the bus.

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    Coat of arms at the palaces

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    Much more often then in other Italian towns Florence is displaying "inscriptions" showing to whom the house or palace once belonged. Those who knows heraldic and its symbols can easily detect the name of the family, who they were and what was their occupation. If noble family and there is crown above the shield it displays connection with the royal family.

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    Fontana dei Mostri Marini

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Fontana dei Mostri Marini is work of Pietro Tacca, follower of Gianbologna. He joined Gianbologna's atellier in 1592 and took over the workshop after sculptor's deatch in 1608, finishing a number Gianbologna's incomplete projects. Tacca began in a Mannerist style and worked in the Baroque style during his maturity.
    Fontana dei Mostri Marini, in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, comissioned by Ferdinando II de' Medici was realized between 1627 and 1629. This fountain was ordered to be joined to the complex "Monumento dei Quattro mori" in Livorno but the Duke was so much delightfull with its beauty and decided to put it at the central position of Florentine piazza.

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    Fontana dello Sprone

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Florence has so much to show to the visitors and the only question is are we able to notice it? Fontana dello Sprone, aslo known as Fontana del Buontalenti, with striking grotesque mask, is the most famous fountain of Oltrarno district. Oltrarno is a quarter of Florence, the name means beyond the Arno, and it is located south of the River Arno.
    The fountain is masterpiece by Bernardo Buontalenti, a Renaissance architect from Florence who is well known for his Grotta di Buontalenti situated in Boboli gardens. Fontana dello Sprone was probably erected in 1608 at the corner of Via dello Prone with Borgo San Jacopo. You can't miss it if entering Oltrarno from the Ponte Santa trinita.

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    Porta alla Croce

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 8, 2011

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    Porta all Croce is situated in the central position of the ecliptic shaped Piazza Cesare Beccaria, very important city square from where roads leading in many directions. It is pretty unusual and most unexpected for the city gate to be adorned with the valuable peaces of art. Here at Porta alla Croce we could admire a frescoe from Cinquecento (1500), "Madonna col Bambino" (Madonna with the chilld), which is attributed to the great Italian Medieval painter Ghirlandaio.

    Porta alla Croce

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    Porta San Frediano or Porta Pisana

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Actually it name is Porta San Frediano, located in the close vicinity of the church with the same name, but most of the locals call it simply Porta Pisana because it was from here that road to Pisa left the city. This massive structure was built between 1332 and 1334, most probably to the design of great Andrea Pisano. It is one of the few left sity gates and is very well preserved.

    Porta San Frediano Porta San Frediano

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    Il Porcellino

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    The statue of Il Porcellino was originally intended for the Boboli Garden but then moved in the Mercato Nuovo. Il porcellino is Italian word for piglet and it is the nickname for the bronze fountain of the boar. The present statu, however, is only a copywhile the original is preserved in the Museo Bardini.
    Il Porcellino is work of Baroque sculptor Pietro Tacca from 1612. It is now one of the most popular spot among the tourists and visitors of Florence, who put a coin into the gaping boar's jaws wishing luck and hoping to return back some day again. Oh yes, one must rub the boar's snout contemporarily, and thats why it is looking so polished.

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    Synagogue or Tempio Maggiore

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    The synagogue of Florence was designed by three Italian architect and one of them was Jewish by origins. It was built between 1874 and 1882 with the general idea to integrate the architectural traditions of Italian and islamic worlds.
    Layers of travertine and granite alternate in the masonry creating a striped effects , like that at Siean Cathedral, while the overall form of the synagogue is the cruciform plan of Hagia Sophia in Istambul.
    During WW II Fascist soldiers used the synagogue as a vehicle garage. In 1944, while retreating, German troops worked with Italian Fascists to destroy the synagogue but the Italian resistance managed to defuse most of the explosives. Only a limited amount of damage was done.
    The Synagogue is situated in Via Luigi Carlo Farini 4

    The Synagogue synagogue

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    The public library of the "Oblate"

    by roberto.baglioni Written Aug 16, 2011

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    Very close to the Florence’s Duomo with an amazing view of the Brunellischi’s Dome there is the Biblioteca delle Oblate, that is a public library located in a historical building that was in the past a noun monastery. The building has three floors around the interior cloister.
    The entrance to the library is free, you can sit around, inside or outside. There is a “cafe with a view” where drinks and meals are served. It is possible to take books for reading, or watch a movie or listen to music. Free internet connection is available after you register yourself at the desk.
    The library was opened in 2007, to provide the city with a place similar to french libraries, where people can enjoy freely the culture. There is also a conference hall and a traditional type library for studying. The main entrance is in via dell’Orioulo.

    I suggest to go there while visiting the busy center of the city for taking a stop, relax and enjoy the view.

    The cloister
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