Basilica Santa Croce, Florence

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  • SANTA CROCE

    by stemc Written Apr 9, 2006

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    The basilica of Sante Croce stands in the piazza of Sante Croce and is covered in the different coloured marble like the duomo but this was only done in the 19th cent paid for by the English man Sir Francis Sloane famed for Sloane square in London.
    A statue to Dante stands outside the basilica, the square in the piazza is were in July the Florentines dress in medieval costume and hold a rugby match in honour of the citizens that first played the game in the 15th cent as a show of to difference Charles v of Anjou who was laying siege to Florence and was trying to starve the population out, whose men could see the game being played on the hills around Florence
    there are great medieval house in the piazza as well

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    Santa Croce

    by fishandchips Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    Santa Croce church looks over the piazza Santa Croce and is a must see in Florence. It has some fantastic frescoes by Giotto and Gaddi and a number of tombs and monuments containing Florences 'A list' Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli and Rossini. In fact you be understood in thinking that the place is just one large tomb as there are monuments and tombstones all around this magnificant church.

    There is also a nice courtyard on the right side of the church which adds to the size and beauty of this location.

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    Visit the Santa Croce.

    by margaretvn Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    This is a beautiful Gothic church with the tombs and monuments of many famous Florentines.
    I of course had to go there to see the tomb of Michelangelo but there are also the tombs of Galileo and Machiavelli.
    There are also wonderful 14th century frescoes made by Giotto and his pupil Gaddi (who designed the Ponte Vecchio).
    Pope Paul IV wanted to have Michelangelo in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome but Michelangelo's nephew arranged for the body to be secretly removed and taken back to Florence.
    The tomb (1570) designed by Vasaris has figures which represent - painting, Sculpture and Architecture. All of which were part of Michelangelo's life.
    The church contains tombs and monuments of many famous Florentines - Galileo and Machiavelli among them. There are some wonderful 14th century frescoes by Giotto and his pupil Gaddi. There is also the Cappella de' Pazzi alongside the church - this was designed by Filippo Brunellsechi and is a masterpiece!
    The church facade is Neo-Gothic by Niccolo Matas, it was added in 1863.

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    Santa Croce

    by alisonr Updated Nov 16, 2005
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    The Santa Croce church is very beautiful. It is a really nice looking church, both inside and out. It is also pretty big. But really, you come here to see where Michaelangelo himself is buried. The church is quite large, with many wealthy Italian families contributing various sections to it. Something I wasn't aware of was the floods that Firenze has had over the years. You can see the lines left on the walls from the damage over the years.

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    Santa Croce

    by ophiro Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Santa Croce

    Santa Croce is a beautiful church that was build in gotich style.

    Inside the church you will find some graves and memorials of famous people from the city like Michelangelo , Galileo Galilei , Michelangelo , Dante Alighieri and Nicolo Machiavelli.

    When we came the church was closed so we couldnt enter and see those graves.

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    Santa Croce and Piazza

    by jmhenry1123 Written Jun 17, 2005

    Santa Croce is a church where many famous residents of Florence are buried.

    At Santa Croce you will find Dante Alghieri (yes, Dante has a last name), author of the Inferno and Divine Comedy; Michelangelo Buonarotti, and others

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    PRAY OR SHOP HERE

    by zuriga Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    Santa Croce

    This is the church known as Santa Croce. What's special about it besides its beauty is the fabulous leather school which resides within. Students learn the fine craft of making leather goods, and then the articles are sold at their shop at great savings. You can find wallets, coats and bags

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    Santa Croce

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Jan 14, 2005

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    Piazza di Santa Croce

    Together with the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella, the mighty Gothic Franciscan church of Santa Croce was one of three churches funded by the Comune as symbols of civic pride.
    Constructed about 1294, the white, green and pinked striped marble neo-Gothic facade was added between 1853 and 1863. The campanile was added in 1847.
    The church has houses the tomb of Michelangelo as well as Niccolo Machiavelli, and Rossini. Dante died in in exile in Ravenna and for centuries, Florentines tried to get Dante's body back. When his tomb in Ravenna was eventually opened it was empty except for a casket containing a parchment scroll written by two monks, it explained how they'd removed his remains for safe keeping lest he be taken back to the city that had once so cruelly banished him.

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    Beautiful Franciscan Church

    by sue_stone Written Nov 24, 2004

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    The beautiful Basilica di Santa Croce holds pride of place in Piazza Santa Croce.

    It's facade is made from some more of that stunning multi-colour marble that was used on the Duomo.

    The inside is grand and lavishly decorated, and the floor is covered with tombstones of famous Florentines.

    This church is yet another example of the beauty that Florence has to offer!

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    Santa Croce

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    Now and then I wish that I had discovered this fantastic travel-site earlier... Then I hadn't had the feeling that I was at Santa Croce, without knowing what was there...

    Sure, I thought it was an amazing church, almost like the Duomo of Florence, and the espresso at the café right over the piazza was also really good. But...

    ... I missed all the good stuff.

    Because Santa Croce isn't just "another" beautiful church. Inside (where I didn't go, of course - stupid me) are the tombs of great persons as Michelangelo, Galileo and many many more. According to other sites here at Virtual Tourist the whole floor is crowded with tombstones.

    Mm, doesn't feels that nice to walk around over tombstones, but...?

    The basilica was built 1294, and rebuilt 1966 after the floods came over Florence.

    Next time, for sure, I'll stay a bit longer. Maybe skip the espresso, and definately go inside...

    I advice you to do the same, although, as I said, the espresso was really good, so you maybe should take your time for that too...? ;)

    Another really good thing with this piazza is that it isn't "that" crowded with people. Not as the Duomo anyway. You could actually sit down for a couple of minutes, without feeling stressed to death.

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    there rest Michaelangelo - Santa Croce

    by kenyneo Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    I know what you did last few centuries !!

    he who hails as the master ...
    he who captivated us ..
    or at least thought so ....
    he is not just an artist ...
    he is not just a human ....
    but why didnt you finish our Slaves my dear ?
    perhaps you dont have time ...
    perhaps this is art ?

    two slaves posing sexily in Louvre, Paris
    and four Slaves now seducing us in Florence
    ahhhh...how could you Michael ?
    why did yu do that ?

    - keny

    a bit of Santa Croce

    Geometrically coloured marble decorates the building's façade (added in the 19th century), but the real treats lie inside, where many famous Florentines lie in peace. The walls are lined with tombs, and 276 tombstones pave the floor. The church's most famous inhabitants are Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo and Bardi. Its various chapels feature works of art by Giotto and della Robbia, and the serene cloisters were designed by Brunelleschi.

    Santa Croce's museum features a partially restored crucifix by Cimabue, which was damaged by the 1966 floods. Other churches which shouldn't be missed include the statue-filled Orsanmichele; Santa Trinità , featuring frescoes by Ghirlandaio; All Saints', with frescoes by Botticelli and Ghirlandaio; Santa Maria Novella, which contains Masaccio's groundbreaking Trinity, along with other significant artworks; the popular SS Annunziata; Giambologna's remodelled San Marco; and the Church of the Holy Spirit, one of Brunelleschi's last commissions, and featuring Filippino Lippi's Madonna & Child.

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    The gothic Santa Croce and its tombs

    by jono84 Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Piazza di Santa Croce

    The beautiful Santa Croce and its namesake piazza, lie in the eastern part of the city centre, north of the River Arno.

    It was started in 1294, and contains must-see 14th century frescoes by Giotto and Gaddi (his later pupil). It is also famed for containing tombs and monuments, of such names as MICHAELANGELO (on the right as you enter: 1570) , GALILEO (on the left), BRUNI (the large tomb at the end on the right), and MACHIAVELLI (mid-way down on the right).

    Whilst in the pituresque cloister alongside the church, stands the Cappella de' Pazzi ( a Renaissance masterpiece by Brunelleschi).

    The Basilica, Museo, Cloister and Cappella de' Pazzi are all open 10.30am-5.30pm mon-sat, and sundays 3-5.30pm. They close earlier in the off-season months.

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    Basilica of Santa Croce

    by Polly74 Written Aug 3, 2004

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    Notice something unique on the top of the facade? A Star of David.

    The church contains funeral monuments of famous people in the world of art and culture: Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Alfieri, Machiavelli, Dante Aligheri, Giuseppe Rossini, Foscolo, and many, many more. The floor is covered with old tombstones. There is no other place to walk other than stepping on the graves, so I fully expected to be hit lighting upon exiting the Basilica.

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    Basilica of Santa Croce

    by geeyook Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Basilica of Santa Croce

    Basilica of Santa Croce was designed in the Gothic style by Arnolfo di Cambio and started in 1294 and consecrated in 1443. The tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo as well as memorials to Dante and Machiavelli reside here. Of particular interest are the magnificient Giotto frescoes from the early 14th century.

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    Santa Croce

    by m-joy Written Jul 6, 2004

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    Being a few years younger than Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce was built in the same architectural period as this one. Only the gothic-style façade was built in the 19th century. Santa Croce’s highlight is the interior – with a multitude of famous graves for instance Michelangelo’s, Galilei’s, etc.

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