Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy| Map |
Best known for its Florentine artwork and its tombs of illustrious dead, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, the Basilica of Santa Cruce is one of the most beautiful churches of Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the Basilica of Santa Croce each year to admire its architecture and famous works of art. With so many important artists, writers and scientists, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Gioachino Rossini, Ugo Foscolo and Leon Battista Alberti buried here, the Basilica of Santa Croce is also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories. Built in 1295, important architectural additions were added throughout the years but a fundamental feature of early Franciscan churches was the frescoed narration that tells the stories of Christ, of St. Francis and of other saints. The onsite museum was built more than 100 years ago to showcase the masterpieces. A flood in the 1960s caused great damage to the church and museum, and restoration work has been ongoing. Each work of art recovered from the flood now comes with a personal description of its history and how it was restored. Families visiting the church will find the museum’s new design helpful. Information boards and individual descriptions of the masterpieces adorn each of the exhibition halls.
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Tips for Families
A visit to the Santa Cruce Museum helps kids understand what to look for at this famous church.
Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy| Map
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Price: Adults: $7.68; Children(11-17): $5.12; Children(0-10): Free More Info