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Basilica of Santo Spirito, Florence

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Contact: +39 055 210 030
Open Hours: M-Tu 9:30a-12:30p, 4p-5:30p, Th-F 9:30a-12:30p, 4p-5:30p
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.