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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 #10 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Not including the Giotto campanile and Brunelleschi’s dome we spent far more time here in the Basilica di Santa Croce than in the Duomo. The architecture, tombs, windows and Museo dell Opera Santa Croce all require considerable and intense viewing and there is even the suggestion that this, the largest Franciscan church in the world, might have been founded by... More

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Just to walk among the tombs of such greats as Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante and many others is awe inspiring. The church is beautiful inside and is always crowded. The large plaza outside is a nice area to relax in.

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milton keynes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went mid afternoon in the middle of August, and there was a small queue, took about 5-10 mins to get in. The ticket cost 6 euros. An amazingly beautiful church with so much to look at! Chapels, frescoes, stained glass, and apparently it contains monuments to more than 270 illustrious Italians.including Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante.Though Dante is not buried... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This church holds the tombs of some of the greatest such as Galileo. Beautiful and historical church

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Although this is not a top attraction it is a terrific site to appreciate the many beautiful and diverse aspects of Florentine history. The Basilica founded by St. Francis himself is the largest Franciscan Church-yes St. Francis!!! Final resting place of Florence's beloved Michelangelo as well as Galileo, Rossini and more. Michelangelo's somber Funerary Monument is a collaborative masterpiece lovingly... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This church was more enjoyable than the Duomo as it had less restrictions on where you could go. Do check out the connected Leather School at the front towards the right (and remember to hold onto your ticket if you want to reenter). This church also has the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo which can be found on the end... More

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Maine, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

One of the most impressive and important churches in Florence - a must do. More great names from the renaissance in one location than anywhere - from Dante to Rossini to Michelangelo.....so worth the visit, and no lines!!

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There is much more to see here than at the Duomo. Fantastic frescoes, wonderful statues, and of course the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Rossini, Dante and Galileo. As fantastic as this church is, I found the frescoes at Santa Maria Novella near the train station (of the same name) to be even better. Do yourself a favor and walk the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to visit here on our recent stay in Venice. This basilica is filled with wonderful art and frescoes. It contains the tombs of many famous Italians including Machiavelli, Gallileo, Dante and Michaelangelo. It is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Go early in the day to avoid the crowds but if you are in Venice... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Modest (as compared to other basilica), yet gorgeous Italian-style, Gothic-era church; certainly worth the visit. There are some really excellent examples of Italo-Byzantine paintings, as well as those from later periods. Numerous tombs of historically significant Florentines throughout the space, including that of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Somewhat busy, though not as hectic as some attractions. Very enjoyable.

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