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Churches in Florence - The Major Players

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A travel journal to Florence by airynfaerie

San Miniato al Monte Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Florence, Italy is home to some of the most amazing churches, basilicas, and chapels in the world. Here are a few of the most popular ones for visitors to the city to enjoy.

San Miniato al Monte

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Attraction | "My Number One Recommended Site in Florence"

San Miniato al Monte Photo, Florence, Italy
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With beautiful structure, functioning monastery, herbalist shop, historical cemetery, and unparrelled view over the city of Florence, San Miniato al Monte is undoubtedly one of the most amazing churches in Italy. My personal favorite place to visit while I lived in Florence, this Romanesque church offers so many great things to the people that walk up the hill to see it. Some say that Michelangelo once declared this church the most beautiful of the city, and it's not hard to see why.If you opt to take the walk up from the city center, you'll pass through some lovely areas, like the San Niccolo neighborhood, and then up the stairs of the "Way of the Cross". It's a bit of a hike, but not too...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2009

San Miniato al Monte
Via Monte alle Croci, 34
Florence, Italy 50125
+39 0552342768

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)

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Attraction | "Church at Center Stage"

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo) Photo, Florence, Italy
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As star of the city and iconic domed player in the skyline of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Maria of the Flowers) is a must see for any visitor. With a comprehensive array of offerings like climbing Giotto's belltower, exploring the dome, visiting the museum containing the original works of the church, going inside the baptistry, or just stepping inside the cathedral itself, this church is one of the most well-known structures in Tuscany.Originally designed in 1294 as the third church to be constructed on this site, Santa Maria del Fiore (commonly just referred to as the "Duomo") went through quite a few periods of work and additions before ending at the structure we see today. Th...Read More

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Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055294514

Basilica of Santa Croce

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Attraction | "Graves of the Masters"

Basilica of Santa Croce Photo, Florence, Italy
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Thinking of how to sum up the amazing things about and within this church is a daunting task. This collection of history and art is rich with so many treasures it's hard to believe that they're all in one location. As the main church of the Franciscan order in Florence, Santa Croce is just blocks from the Duomo in the heart of the city center.As you approach the marble facade of this striking church, the open piazza of the same name is laid out before you. If you're lucky, there may be a market or festival taking place in the square which is the location for many seasonal happenings. If you're facing the church, the ticket window is around towards the left-hand side of the building...so wa...Read More

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Basilica of Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055244619

Santa Maria Novella

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Attraction | "Florence's Dominican Basilica"

Santa Maria Novella Photo, Florence, Italy
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Of all of the major churches in Florence, Santa Maria Novella is one of the first to be built. As part of the Dominican order, this church is home to many important structures, not only the main basilica. Just recently the facade and piazza were cleaned and redone, so it's ready for your viewing pleasure - and a pleasure it will be.Located just across from Florence's main train station by the same name, the Santa Maria Church boasts a grassy piazza that is very open and beautiful with shops and parking areas in the periphery. Designed by Dominican friars, the church was built between 1246 and 1360 in a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles and some inspiration from the Classical Greek. One o...Read More

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Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy 50123
+39 055215918

Basilica of San Lorenzo

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Attraction | "Church in the Middle of a Market"

Looking over the market stalls Photo, Florence, Italy
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In the heart of Florence's city center lies on of it's largest structure, the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Home church to the famous local Medici family, San Lorenzo's size is only outdone by its history. Founded in 393, but not built in its current state until 1426, this church is again another example of the design of Brunelleschi (also the designer/architect for several other churches in town including the Duomo). On the outside, some find the bare, tan stone exterior a little ugly, as a marble facade like most major Florentine churches was never funded, and so even to this day the front lies naked. From the sides one can see the many levels of angled rooftops leading to the red dome pinna...Read More

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Basilica of San Lorenzo
Piazza San Lorenzo
Florence, Italy 50123
+39 055216634