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Basilica di Santa Croce, Italy

From series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Year: 1385.

The Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence is a bright example of the baroque style. It is the largest principal Franciscan church in the world. The Basilica attracts not only with its unique architectural style but also with the great inner decoration. The chapels are decorated with great old frescoes by Giotto. On the territory of the church, you can find the shrines of the notable Italian people. The church has been built for about a hundred years and was finished in 1385.

Basilica di Santa Croce, Italy Legend says that Santa Croce was founded by the main Catholic saint Franciscus Assisiensis. The church was decorated by the best Italian artists and sculptors. Many of their masterpieces we can see within thousands of years. Today the main decoration of the Basilica is the delicate stained-glass windows, the main altar that is decorated with the 14th century Agnolo Gaddi frescoes.

During the excursions around the Basilica di Santa Croce you can see shrines of famous 19th-century Italian poet Ugo Foscolo, the composer Gioachino Rossini, philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli and other notable people of culture and art. All in all, the church has 300 shrines and each is decorated with an informational nameplate and sculptural composition. In 1966 the Basilica was drastically destroyed from the flooding and some old artefacts were damaged. The most mysterious artefact of the church is the Taddeo Gaddi fresco’s “The Last Supper”. It was made in 1333 and is decorating one of the frater’s wall. This fresco is coved by a number of legends and unbelievable fictions. Next - Royal Palace of Madrid


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ATM bankomat: 'Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Pisa Livorno' located in 0.23 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Yestogo Ecologic Tour and Rent' is located in 0.19 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Piazza Poggi' in 0.39 km
Supermarket: 'Gastronomia Giuliano' in 0.12 km
Parking: 'Garage Bargello' in 0.23 km
Apotheek: 'Galenica Omeopatia' in 0.21 km
Police station: 'Ministero Dell'Ambiente Nucleo Operativo Ecologico' in 0.2 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Kome Japanese restaurant Florence' in 0 km
Railway station: 'Firenze Santa Maria Novella' in 1.32 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Peretola Airport FLR - in 6 km
 »  Lucca Airport LCV - in 54 km
 »  Siena Airport SAY - in 56 km
 »  Galileo Galilei Airport PSA - in 69 km
 »  Forli Airport FRL - in 80 km
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Best hotels near Basilica di Santa Croce

Yome - Your Home in Florence

Located in 0 km from Basilica di Santa Croce
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Rooms: 4
The apartments are air conditioned and feature a living area with fully equipped kitchenette, plus a bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer. Studios … More: photo, rates and booking
Apartment Villetta Firenze

Located in 1 km from Basilica di Santa Croce
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Villa Tolomei Hotel&Resort

Located in 2 km from Basilica di Santa Croce
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Rooms: 32
Elegant and spacious, rooms at this restored Renaissance villa overlook the beautiful gardens. Each is air conditioned and features frescoed … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa La Stella

Located in 3 km from Basilica di Santa Croce
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Rooms: 42
With air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, rooms have a private bathroom with shower and bidet. An extensive buffet-style breakfast is provided … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Basilica di Santa Croce - Florence

Florence is the capital of the beautiful and very popular Italian province of Tuscany. This place is situated on the banks of the River Arno. This city has given birth to the Renaissance style. Florence is a city of Michelangelo and Machiavelli, a precious place full of works of art, culture and history. The majority of palaces, churches, museums and historical buildings in Florence are made in the Renaissance style. For centuries this wonderful Italian city was ruled by the Medici family, famous as bankers. Many works of art that tourists will find in Florence appeared in the city because of them. The interest of the family to various visual arts, architecture, sculpture, and literature was simply enormous. At that time, Florence had the status of a city-state, and so its power and independence were truly great.

Nowadays, the population of the city is approximately 356,000 people. Florence is a unique and unforgettable city, a kind of a museum in the open air. This city is not the best choice for travellers who are searching for diversified nightlife. However, Florence would become the best choice if you want to feel the atmosphere of the past and the charm of a truly unique culture.
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