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Basilica di Santa Croce

Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39-055-246-6105
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Ranked #8 of 210 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and one of the finest of all early Renaissance tombs.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

You walk inside and immediately you're enamoured with the details from the sculptures, architectural, painting, everything.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Some seriously important people are interred here (Galileo, Dante...) and it would have been good to have had more atmosphere - incense?

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Whist we were in Florence we visited a number of religious buildings but found the Basilica Santa Croce more interesting than the others. The tomb of Michael Angelo can be found here, (It is a simple concrete square at the bottom of a column immediately to the left of his memorial on the far left hand side of the Basilica).... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

In this church are lying some of the greatest scientists in history, or they have a memorial. Leonardo da vinci and Dante, Enrico Fermi, Machiavelli and Galileo Galilei. Besides it is a great artwork, everyceiling joist is ornatelly colored, the whole wall inside was once coloured with frescos, from which some still remain. There are much less tourists than in... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a place of wonder, which is a great place to explore its art and history. This is one of the few places of worship where I felt filled with awe and peace.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence is a must see. It is a beautiful masterpiece. A tour guide is very helpful to absorb it all. It has so many wonderful parts to photograph. And many famous people are buried here like Galileo and DaVinci. It feels like the expression...."one of the great cathedrals of Europe."

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We had visited the Piazza on market day that had spectacular market with wonderful local and regional foods, wines, cheeses and other goods. We sat at a common table with locals with fresh wines and cheeses and were lost in the perfection!

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Livorno, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I was in Santa Croce today, visited Cappella dei Pazzi (soon to undergo a restoration in its loggia), the church and the tombs, It is an unforgettable visit both from a historical, artistical point of view, and for its beauty. Don't miss it if you are in Florence.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This for me is my personal favourite place. I enjoy just slowly walking around the floor of the Basilica, looking at the magnificent tombs. I suggest that visitors should walk through the old closters - It's like walking back in time! A special place for quite contemplation.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This place was a nice surprise to us. We intended to visit it just to see the church, but there is so much more to see. Especially when you keep in mind it only costs about € 6 euros. The church alone is definitely worth a visit, as is the museum and the garden. Make sure you schedule enough time... More

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