"Bascilica of Santa Croce" Basilica Di Santa Croce Tip by TRimer

Basilica Di Santa Croce, Florence: 122 reviews and 244 photos

The Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, traditionally attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, was begun in the late 1300s, but not consecrated until 1443. It's one of Italy's most beautiful Gothic churches, though the facade, in white and green Carrara marble, was done by Niccola Matas, who is said to have followed a design prepared by Cronaca.

The interior has an Egyptian cross divided into three aisles by colonnades made up of octagonal pilasters that support grandiose gothic arches. The church has many works of art, including an octagonal Renaissance marble pulpit by Benedetto da Maiano, Rosselino's tomb of Leonardo Bruni, which is the prototype of Florentine 15th century tombs, and two works by Donatello, an Annunciation and a wooden Crucifix. Vasari, the tomb of Michaelangelo, rests here.

Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16
Phone: %fh055 244619%f*
Website: http://www.santacroceopera.it

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2002
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