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Basilica di Santa Croce

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Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39-055-246-6105
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by...

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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A bit surreal to be in this basilica knowing there are some famous artists buried here. Just a few minutes from Uffizi, definitely worth a trip to see the tombs of Michelango and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A bit surreal to be in this basilica knowing there are some famous artists buried here. Just a few minutes from Uffizi, definitely worth a trip to see the tombs of Michelango and Galileo among others.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful bailica still in full daily worship with so many amazing tombs of the famous. Very large and empty looking but also some wonderful private niches

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Guarded by a stunning statue dedicated to the writer, Dante, this edifice is worth seeing. Learn about it beforehand or from someone knowledgeable w ho can enlighten you about the significance of the apparent Stars of David on the facade.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only went because my daughters friend was a tour guide. But it was fabulous. I learned more about the history of Florence, and its people at this church. Every famous Florence Italian is either buried there or there is a plaque commemorating them...I learned a ton and I'm not usually a museum person, but I'm so happy we went there.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another dead feeling ex-church with some interesting stuff in it. Giotto's frescoes are wonderful and the tombs of luminaries are ugly but interesting... I wonder that Michelangelo doesn't come back to do something about his! Good that it's free entrance though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Trouble with the Uffizi is that all the paintings have been removed from their context. San Croce has amazing art works which you can see as they were designed to be seen in a church context. The entry fee is great value too.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Legend has it that Santa Croce was founded by St. Francis, and it is the burial place of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and Galileo. For that reason, it is often referred to as the Temple of the Italian Glories. Surrounding the outside perimeter... More 

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Sutton England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basilica offers a wonderful mixture of architectural detail, artwork and sculpture both inside and outside the complex with some ancient friezes and the peace and quiet of the cloister areas good value entry well worth a visit

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Important visit to one of the most interesting churches in Italy. Santa Croce, La Santa Cruz. In the center of Florence you can appreciate the different kind of marble and lovely work from the middle ages !

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see. Visit this church and enjoy its superb architechture. You will also find several fine art samples inside, by well known renaissance artists, plus... the tombs of several historical prominent men such as Galileo, Dante or Machiavelo. Do not miss it!

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Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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