Compared to other religious buildings from the same period, this fourteenth-century church is somewhat unusual in design. ... More
Compared to other religious buildings from the same period, this fourteenth-century church is somewhat unusual in design. Rectangular in shape, with two naves, it does look more like a grain store, which was in fact how it started out when first built by Francesco Talenti, Neri di Fioravente and Benci di Cione. After the previous grain store built in 1290 by Arnolfo di Cambio was destroyed, its replacement had to be built on a larger scale, enabling it to contain a marketplace. Arches were later closed off and the structure acquired two floors that were used for shops. At the end of the 15th century the building was converted into a church and became a powerful symbol for the city guilds, which met the cost of decorating the niches situated along the outside walls. For this they commissioned several of the most talented artists of the day to produce magnificent pieces of artwork, including Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Giambologna, Luca della Robbia and Verrochio. Of particular note are the copies of Donatello's statue of San Giorgio and bas-relief, whose originals are now in the Bargello museum.
Encompassing the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Cappelle Medicee, this basilica is a testimony to the political power and patronage of
the Medici family. Its origins date back to 393 when St. Ambrose consecrated it in memory of the martyrdom ...
Bed & Breakfast La Signoria Di Firenze stands in the heart of Florence, 20 metres from Piazza della Signoria, in
the historical Calimaruzza street and in the charming scenery of the historical center of Florence. The Palace, which houses ...
Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre
eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be ...