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The church can be found in one of the most lively piazzas in the Oltrarno. The scrolled plaster facade is from the 18th ... More
Basilica of Santo Spirito
The church can be found in one of the most lively piazzas in the Oltrarno. The scrolled plaster facade is from the 18th Century, but is only the last phase of the building. The building was started in 1444 by one of the greatest creators of the Renaissance in Florence, Filippo Brunelleschi. Brunelleschi's geometric measurements are visible in the line of perspective that exists in the church's foundation, with its three naves which run down into the transept. The internal perimeter wall is punctuated with apses in which there are aristocratic family chapels. These are decorated with architectural motifs, altar pieces or paintings from different periods. Out of the many works, the ones which stand out are the decoration of the Corbinelli Chapel by Andrea Sansovino (1492) in the left transept, and in the right transept the altar piece of the Madonna on the Throne with Saints (1493-94) by Filippino Lippi. On the altar, there is the wooden crucifix which is attributed to Michelangelo.
Piazza Santo Spirito is one of my favorite places in all of Italy. Florence is the perfect city, and this Piazza just south of the river is less 'touristy' and more 'Italian'. There are markets outside on Sunday mornings, and it is a beautiful place - a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-filled city. A nice, relaxing spot to hang out and take in the culture around you. Also - GREAT food all around the piazza - outdoor terraces make for a nice meal at any time of the day. :)
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the transept are considered to be some of the finest examples of 14th century painting, while the 19th century ...
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for revival architecture that employed neo Gothic and neo Renaissance overtones. These styles have been used on the tombs ...