Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Church
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The first great basilica in Florence, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is a treasure house of sacred ornaments and artifacts built on top of an earlier place of worship that dates back to the ninth century. The most famous are the Gothic and Renaissance frescoes commissioned by the city's most prominent families. The interior of the basilica is a labyrinth of chapels, all decorated with Renaissance artwork commissioned by families such as the Medicis. One of these family members, Cosimo I, held chariot races in the large square at the front entrance. This tradition lasted until the 19th century. Look at the sacristy for one of Giotto's early works, "John the Evangelist." Plan your visit to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence trip itinerary builder tool.
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  • Finally had a chance to see this beautiful church as it was under extensive renovation during our last time in Florence. And we were not disappointed. Designed by Giorgio Vasari, the beautiful green....  more
    Finally had a chance to see this beautiful church as it was under extensive renovation during our last time in Florence. And we were not disappointed. Designed by Giorgio Vasari, the beautiful green....  more »
  • We were unsure wether to just have a quiet free visit, area set aside for praying, or to go in as a visitor. €7.50 gets access to the church, museum and two cloister areas and is well worth it to... 
    We were unsure wether to just have a quiet free visit, area set aside for praying, or to go in as a visitor. €7.50 gets access to the church, museum and two cloister areas and is well worth it to...  more »
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  • So I debated visiting here on my way to the train station and decided to give it a shot. The inside of the church is definitely beautiful, but it’s a quick walk through. Then you come to the outside grounds of the church and there is tons of beautiful spaces. Also you will find some amazing frescos. An amazing chapel and a small museum with a few reliquaries. I think all that was well worth the €7.50 entree fee
  • This church has a really cool facade that looks 2D when the lights are shined on the front. There is a beautiful open air park outside which is great for walking and enjoying the sun. We were in Florence on 01/01 so it was closed but still beautiful!

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