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Basilica di Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
+39-055-246-6105
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As featured in 3 days in Florence
Ranked #11 of 220 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Look carefully at the burial of Rossini: my daughter noticed that there are ears inside the shells, and violin bridges and piano keys and treble clefs decorating his memorial, which looks overall like the curtain of a proscenium for an opera.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an impressive church; some of the most important artists, scientists and thinkers of the last 1000 years are buried/memorialized here.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Amazing, I had no idea how many historical figures lie to rest here. I was shocked and amazed and excited! Worth spending a few hours just looking at all the different tombs! Beautiful Basilica!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was not amazed, however, just for seeing the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, Brunelleschi, and Leonardo its worth the visit. The rest of the basilica, the cloister garden or the museum are not something I would say rank higher than just ok.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It feels great to be in the presence of such astounding individuals when you think they are buried so close to you. Very unique with More than 10 small chapels and people actually buried within the church. Besides Michealangelo, Galileo, Dante and Machavelli, there are other greats in here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wandered in here thirty years ago and I will never forget the shock as I wandered from tomb to tomb. It has been my number one "go to" spot in Florence ever since. The monuments, tombs, altar, ceiling, Donatello sculpture. The Duomo may be beautiful on the outside but this church has the inside...both for art and for history. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Truly amazing funerary monuments to some of the most historically significant characters from Florence. It was kind of overwhelming to be in this space, but we really enjoyed the experience! The school of leather is also housed on the grounds, and is another destination not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This beautiful church is a must-see for an art lover. The interiors take your breath away with the beautiful murals, roof, altar. Sharing space with greats like Michelangelo and Galileo is an experience in itself. It also has some of the oldest religious items in Florence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was close to our hotel so we left it to the last day and what a way to end the trip. From the stunning exterior to the frescos to the internal courtyards this was a treasure trove of interest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The very impressive tombs of Michaelangelo (he carved the statuary), Gallileo, Machiavelli, and Dante adorn some of the wall space in the building. Well worth the 6 Euro admission price

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