BASILICA OF SANTA CROCE: Built from 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio & consecrated in 1443. One of the largest church in the city, it is unique in its purity of the Gothic style & the famous works of art it contains.
The facade dates to 19th century.
This gothic church contains tombs of many famous artists :Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Machiavelli and Galileo. There is also a monument for Dante, who is not burried here.
Santa Croce has traditionally always been used for important civic and religious events because it is large enough to contain crowds of people.
The interior is brightened by the frescoes of Giotto and his pupil, Taddeo Gaddi which were painted early 14th century. Brunellischi's classical Cappella de' Pazzi is the masterpiece of the Reinaissance architecture.
The Museum of the Opera di San Croce has some of the most important Florentine masterpieces with works by: Cimabue, Orcagna, Donatello, Domenico Veneziano. Unfortunately many works were damaged in the flood of November 1966.
On the far end of the Cloister a magnificent portal of the XV century by Giuliano da Maiano with a front portico that leads to the Pazzi Chapel, last creation of Brunelleschi,who began it in 1443 for Andrea de' Pazzi but died before finishing the facade.
Visiting this Church and its Museum costed €3 in february 2003
Church - 8:30 - 12:30; 15:00 - 18:30 daily
Museum - March to Sept -10:00-12:30; 14:30-18:30 daily except Wed; Oct-Feb- 10:00-12:30; 15:00- 17:00 daily except Wed.
I have never been to any location that has more pure history attached to it than Santa Croce. This cathedral has the tombs of some of the most famous artists of all time. Michaelanglo's tomb is located here. Dante's tomb is inside this cathedral. As you walk through and see all of the famous people who are buried here its too awesome for words.
Our room in Florence was just around the corner from Santa Croce. In the evenings the square in front is filled with people relaxing, talking, kids skating. Its a great social gathering place and a great place to get a feel for the real Florence.
Also attached to the church is a leather school. Celebreties from all over the world have come to the school to purchase leather coats and accessories. I walked through the school and looked at the price tags. That was about all I could afford to do!
Santa Croce is most well known for the numerous tombs of famous Italians that line the walls. Each one of these tombs is a work of sculpture art and are well worth visiting. The tombs of Machiavelli, Galileo and Michelangelo, there is also a tomb for Dante; however it remains empty as he is buried in Ravenna. As is the church itself, which is another of the many magnificent churches in Florence. Donatello’s Annunciation is located in the church as well. Located on the side of the church is a leather workshop, as the monks who worked out of this church became skill tanners. Here you can find less expense leather goods than other places in Florence, because many of them are done by students still learning the craft.
The Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, traditionally attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, was begun in the late 1300s, but not consecrated until 1443. It's one of Italy's most beautiful Gothic churches, though the facade, in white and green Carrara marble, was done by Niccola Matas, who is said to have followed a design prepared by Cronaca.
The interior has an Egyptian cross divided into three aisles by colonnades made up of octagonal pilasters that support grandiose gothic arches. The church has many works of art, including an octagonal Renaissance marble pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano, Rosselino's tomb of Leonardo Bruni, which is the prototype of Florentine 15th century tombs, and two works by Donatello, an Annunciation and a wooden Crucifix. Vasari, the tomb of Michaelangelo, rests here.
Geometrically coloured marble decorates the building's façade (added in the 19th century). 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 crucifix by Cimabue. 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 San Marco and the Church of the Holy Spirit (one of Brunelleschi's last commissions and featuring Filippino Lippi's Madonna and Child).
This is a picture of the facade of Santa Croce and the statue of Dante Alighieri that stands in front of it. Just like the Duomo, Santa Croce's facade was added to the Gothic church in the 19th century. It may be more famous as a burial grounds than as a church, however, with more famous Italians buried here than anywhere else in the city. Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli are among some of the historical figures that are now resting here.
The art inside the church is spectacular, much better in fact than the more famous Duomo.
At this place the 'Calcio Storico in Costume', the historical football game takes place. In fact it´s more a rugby game, cause the hands are helping a lot. Every year at several dates (one is the 24th June) 500 people from all suburbs meet in the church Santa Maria Novella, get their historical costumes (from the 16th century!!!) on and walk over to Piazza San Croce for the game, to win it for their part of the town. It must be a nice fiesta!!!!
Of all the churches I saw in Europe, I must say that the Basilica di Santa Croce takes the cake.
Construction of the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, traditionally attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, was begun in the late 1300s, but not consecrated until 1443. It is probably Italy's most beautiful Gothic church, with its white and green Carrara marble facade. The interior has an Egyptian cross divided into three aisles by colonnades made up of octagonal pilasters that support grandiose gothic arches. The church has many works of art, including an octagonal Renaissance marble pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano, Rosselino's tomb of Leonardo Bruni, and two works by Donatello, an Annunciation and a wooden Crucifix. The frescos of the Peruzzi chapel, which were painted over in 1714 and rediscovered in 1852, are, together with the scenes of the Life of Saint Francis in the Bardi Chapel, among Giotto's most mature works. The Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce boasts some of Florence's major treasures, with works by Cimabue, Orcagna, Donatello, Domenico Veneziano and others; but, some were badly damaged by the 1966 flood. At the end of the cloisters a colonnade leads to a beautiful 15th century doorway by Giuliano da Maiano, which in turn leads to the Cappella de'Pazzi, one of Brunelleschi's masterpieces. The arches support a cupola with twelve ribs, which is lit by small windows in the lunettes. The roundels of white glazed terracotta on blue are by Luca della Robbia.
Also unique to this basilica are several tombs of famous Florentines such as Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Marconi, to name a few.
Scarves are considerately provided near the entrance of the church to cover ladies' bare shoulders.
Santa Croce is a fascinating church just a few blocks outside the main square. It commemerates the lives of famous Florentines like Dante, Galileo, and Michaelangelo. Admission is free but the doors to close in the afternoon. If that is the case just grab you a gelati and enjoy the Tuscan sun.
This monument is truly unique, not only for the purity of the Gothic style, but also for the famous works of art it contains and its historical importance. The Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the largest churches in the city, is attributed to the genius of Arnolfo di Cambio who seems to have begun work in 1294. Work continued into the second half of the 14th century but the church was not consecrated until 1443. The facade with its three gables dates to the 19th century (project by N. Matas) and the campanile in Gothic style also dates to this period (1847, project by G. Baccani). A portico of airy arches runs along the left flank and shelters the 14th-century tomb of Francesco Pazzi. On the right side of the church are the Cloisters, with the Pazzi Chapel in the background, and the Museo dell'Opera di S. Croce. The imposing interior has a nave and two side aisles separated by slender octagonal piers from which spring spacious pointed arches with a double molding. The beauty of the Church has been partially obfuscated by 16th-century remodelling. The floor is covered with old tombstones for the entire length of the nave which has a trussed timber ceiling. The transept has a number of chapels, including the Cappella Maggiore with the Legend of the Holy Cross (1380) by Agnolo Gaddi. On the altar is Gerini's polyptych with the Madonna and Saints and, above, the Crucifix of the school of Giotto. A Deposition from the Cross (cartoon by Lorenzo Ghiberti) in stained glass can be admired on the interior facade. Below to the right is the Monument to Gino Capponi (1876), and to the left that to G. B. Niccolini (1883). A splendid marble pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano (1472-76) stands in the nave. To be noted in the right aisle, at the first altar, is a Crucifixion by Santi di Tito (1579); on the first pier is the famous bas-relief by Antonio Rossellino (1478) of the Madonna del Latte. The stained-glass windows date to the 14th century. The most famous funeral monuments are along the walls of the right aisle. These include the monument to Dante Alighieri by Ricci (1829); to Michelangelo, by Vasari (1579); to Alfieri, by Canova (1803); to Machiavelli, by I. Spinazzi (1787).
Fragments of frescoes by Orcagna are to be seen behind the fourth altar and further on is Domenico Veneziano's fine fresco (1450) of St. John the Baptist and St. Francis.
Next comes the tabernacle in pietra serena by Donatello and Michelozzo with the Annunciation (1435 c.) by Donatello. and then the Tomb of Leonardo Bruni by Bernardo Rossellino, the funeral monument to Rossini and the one to Foscolo. The right arm of the transept contains the Castellani Chapel superbly frescoed by Agnolo Gaddi (1385) with Stories of the Saints. On the altar a Crucifix by Gerini.
At the end of the transept is the Baroncelli Chapel, with the splendid Gothic tomb of the Baroncelli family and a lunette with a Madonna by Taddeo Gaddi. The frescoes on the walls with Stories of Mary are also by Gaddi and the Madonna of the Girdle is by Bastiano Mainardi (1490). The Coronation of the Virgin on the altar is by Giotto.
Michelozzo's portal leads to the Sacristy, with the Rinuccini Chapel, frescoed with Stories of the Magdalen and the Virgin by Giovanni da Milano. The fine altarpiece is by Giovanni del Biondo (1379).
Michelozzo's Medici Chapel, built for Cosimo the Elder, is at the back. It contains a magnificent bas-relief by Donatello and various works by the Della Robbias. Various chapels (14th- cent.) with important works open off the central zone of the transept.
These include the Velluti Chapel with Stories of St. Michael Archangel, perhaps by Cimabue; the Chapels of the Peruzzi and the Bardi families frescoed by Giotto with Stories of St. John the Evangelist (1320) and Stories of St. Francis (1318); the Tosinghi Chapel with the Assumption in Heaven, also by Giotto; the Pulci Chapel with frescoes by Bernardo Daddi. Of particular note in the left aisle is the Marsuppini Sepulcher by Desiderio da Settignano.
one of the largest churches in the city, is attributed to the genius of Arnolfo di Cambio who seems to have begun work in 1294. Work continued into the second half of the 14th century but the church was not consecrated until 1443. A portico of airy arches runs along the left flank and shelters the 14th-century tomb of Francesco Pazzi. On the right side of the church are the Cloisters, with the Pazzi Chapel in the background, and the Museo dell'Opera di S. Croce.
You have to visit Basillica di Santa Croce! Santa Croce is a Franciscan church and in this church, you will find the tomb's of several keys Italians such as Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Machiavelli, and Galileo to name a few. Besides the tombs, Santa Croce is full of beautiful frescoes. A must to visit!
This famous Franciscan church was designed by a jew! You can see the star of David on the top of the church. If you lived in Florence, then this was the best place to be buried. You can find here the tombstones of Michelangelo, a cenotaph dedicated to Dante who is not buried here, a monument for Machiavelli and a plaque for Marconi.
The problem with this church is that it's dangerous: every year a few tourists are overwhelmed by the beauty of the church and go nuts. It is similar to the Jerusalem Syndrom. But don't worry, most people just enjoy the sites. I was there and survived.
Basilica della Santa Croce - another fine Gothic architecture.
Here you will find funeral monuments of important people and works of great art.
One example is Michelangelo's monument by Vasari, accompanied by 3 allegorical figures of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.