santa croce was built in 1294 and is well worth visiting. the most famous feature of this church are the beautiful tombs of famous florentines. a couple of examples, foggini's "tomb of galileo", vasari's "tomb of michelangelo", and rossellino's "tomb of leonardo bruni", also be sure to see the bardi and peruzzi chapels. they showcase frescos by giotto and gaddi. for more information on this beautiful church see my florence page.
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.
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.
The Basilica of Santa Croce, constructed in the Gothic style, is one of the largest churches in the city. It is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio. He began working on the church in 1294 and it still continued through the 14th century. The church was not consecrated until 1443. The facade, by Niccolo Matas, dates to the 19th century and the campanile in Gothic style also dates to the same time period. The tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiaveli are along the interior nave. It is situated on a wide open plaza which holds a Christmas market in late December and a number of very fine restaurants along the exterior.
This beautiful Gothic church dating from the end of the 13th century contains the tombs of many famous Florentines, notably the tombs of Michelangelo, Galilei, Ghiberti and Machiavelli. The church also has an important collection of art which includes frescoes by Giotto and a stunning crucifix by Donatello. Pass through the courtyard to get to the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce to see the 13th century Triumphal Cross by Cimabue. The piazza in the front of the church is a good place for taking a break. Rest on the steps in front of Dante's statue and watch the world go by.
This white gothic church of Santa Croce is pleasant enough, but the interior is what's so interesting abouth this historical church. Santa Croce houses the tombs of many famous Florentines, artists and architects such as Micheangelo, Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Ghiberti, and scientists and writers such as Galileo and Dante. The tombs are a who's who of Florentine history. Santa Croce is also known for the Cappella Bardi Frescoes. Painted by the master artist Giotto, they depict the death of St. Francis.
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.
You can find this tomb inside Santa Croce church and it's a nice monument to the great man. Considered a great painter by some & great sculpter by others but it was his inventions that should maybe get top billing including a model of a helicopter designed in the 1500's.
This tomb is just one of many in this famous church. It became very fashionable to be buried here & now floor space is at a premium!! You don't have to wander too far to see a lot of very recognisable people's final resting spot.
The tour of this beautiful church is worth the time, and you won't have the crowds of the Duomo. Giotto's frescoes, Machiavelli's tomb, and more than you can absorb. It also has the original school of leather craftsman, still in operation, but beware of the prices. The lively square in front is a great place to stop and shop!
The Basilica of Sanata croce is like the Floretine version of St. Pauls in London, England. Many of the regions most famous figures are buried here. Amongst them are the composer, Rossini; the great poet, Dante Alighieri, just to name a few. Perhaps the most famous resident is Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest artist and architect of the Rennaisance. Then there is Galileo, whose discoveries changed the way we look at the heavens. All of these men, and more, are entombed in this famous church.
Basilica di Santa Croce (the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church if Florence but also known as teh Temple of Italian Glories. It is the burial place of some of the most famous Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiaveli and Rossini.
Actually, the basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world and its most notable features are its sixten chapels decorated by Giotto and his pupils. The construction of the church begun in 1294 and its floorplan is an Egyptian or Tau cross, which is symbol of St. Francis.
The main cloister houses the Capella dei Pazzi and was designed by Brunelleschi, same as the dome of the Duomo. The design is rigorously simple and uandorned. Brunelleschi also built the inner cloister.
Once you have visited the Church of Santa Croce, exit through the bookstore and visit the museum (included in your ticket for the church). Be sure to stop in the Chapter Room or Pazzi Chapel in the cloisters (on the left of the grassy area). This chapel was designed by Brunelleschi and has some very nice della Robbias in the room. In the upper corners (squinches), notice the Pazzi family symbol – a seahorse. The Pazzi family were the ones that attempted the assassination of Lorenzo Medici. This chapel reflects Brunelleschi’s desire for clarity in his work – mathematically the room is a perfect use of modular units. You can see this by counting the sections of the walls, noticing that each section/unit is the same size, and the altar area is the size of two of these units.
The Santa Croce Museum is just down the path and has some interesting old statues and monuments. There is a video that shows the stained glass windows and how they really look (they have been covered by scaffolding for about four years as they are being restored). The museum has some wonderful della Robbias, a Last Supper fresco with the tree of Jesse in the old refectory (done by followers of Giotto) and a Mannerist painting by Agnolio di Cosimo of Christ in Limbo. As you enter the refectory, you will see a Cimabue Crucifix that was badly damaged in the 1966 flood (photos of this massive flood can be seen as you exit the church via the bookstore and Medici chapel).
Before you leave the cloister area, there are bathrooms near the exit (just in case!).
Open weekdays: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Holidays: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Closed on: December 25 and 26, January 1, Easter, June 13, October 4.
Admission: €5 - Combined ticket S. Croce- Museum S. Croce - Pazzi Chapel
Not too far from Santa Croce is a museum located where Michelangelo’s house in Florence was located. While his original house is no longer there, this museum is run by the Michelangelo family and is interesting for the most avid Michelangelo enthusiasts - Casa Buonarroti.
Another attractive building is Santa Croce. It was built in 1294. There are so many tombs inside and every one of them is for a celebrity like Galileo, Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Leonardo Bruni etc. Do not miss frescoes from 14th century and famous chapel "Cappella de Pazzi" Full tickets for 5 euro and it includes museum also.
The Basilica di Santa Croce - Basilica of the Holy Cross is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church.
It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 metres south east of the Duomo. The site, when first chosen, was in marshland outside the city walls. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Gentile and Rossini, thus it is known also as the Pantheon of the Italian Glories.
Legend says that Santa Croce was founded by St Francis himself.
In 1966, the Arno River flooded much of Florence, including Santa Croce. The water entered the church bringing mud, pollution and heating oil. The damage to buildings and art treasures was severe, taking several decades to repair.
The Basilica became popular with Florentines as a place of worship and patronage and it became customary for greatly honoured Florentines to be buried or commemorated there.
There are funerary monuments of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Gioacchino Rossini, Galileo Galilei, Niccolo Machiavelli, Dante (actually buried in Ravenna) and many others ...
This basilica be impressed by ...
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Santa Croce is a Gothic church which contains tombs and monuments of many great Florentines. 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.
The basilica is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio and was built for the Franciscans in 1294, unfortunately, he died before the work was finished. Work continued into the second half of the 14th century but the church was not consecrated until 1443. There were many modifications made to the church during the time of the counter-reformation, commissioned by Cosimo I, while during 1850-60, the architect, Matas completed the marble cladding of the neo-Gothic style façade.
The chapels and surrounding areas show the best examples of 14th century paintings by Giotto, Gaddi, the most significant of Giottos disciples, designed frescoes of stories of the Virgin on the walls of the Baroncelli chapel. The Castellani chapel was decorated with frescoes by Agnolo Gaddi and others. Continuing from the transept you enter the rooms which take you to the sacristy with inlaid wooden closets from here you can make out the Rinuccini chapel, decorated by Giovanni da Milano in the 1360s. Returning to the inside of the church the frescoes by Agnolo Gaddi were created in 1380 and depict episodes of the Golden Age by Jacopo da Varagine, entitled "Story of the Invention of the Cross". The Bardi di Vernio chapel in the right transept houses the wooden crucifix by Donatello.