"Chiesa della SS Annunziata" Basilica Della Santissima Annunziata Tip by Tijavi

  One of colorful mosaics on the facade
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  • One of colorful mosaics on the facade - Florence
      One of colorful mosaics on the facade
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  • The columned-facade is quite unique - Florence
      The columned-facade is quite unique
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  • The glorious ceiling - Florence
      The glorious ceiling
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  • The atrium contains many artistic treasures - Florence
      The atrium contains many artistic treasures
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      Unidentified sculpture inside the church
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Hardly any tourists here, this could be one of Florence's unsung churches - shame, I barely had 10 minutes to enjoy it before it closed for the noontime siesta.

The church, built and rebuilt in 1250 and 1481, respectively, is unique in that there is a large atrium before the main interiors. The former is decorated with bright beautiful frescoes by Mannerist artists such as Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto and Jacopo Pontormo.

Inside, the heavily-frescoed ceiling by Pietro Gambelli is a sight to behold (you need a good camera to capture it in the dark, though), while the miraculous 13th century painting of the Virgin continues to attract devotees to this day, mainly by newly-wed couples praying for a happy and fruitful (in terms if offspring, of course) marriage.

Address: Piazza Santissima Annunziata

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 31, 2009
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