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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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Syracuse, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Yes, it cost a little to enter, but is well worth it. Remember to have your shoulders and knees covered when you're visiting any church in Italy, or you will be denied access or forced to pay for a cover up. Everything about this church was breathtaking. I don't understand, however, why I paid admission to enter and then had... More

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Trim Co. Meath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This was so wonderful. Amazing frescos. The tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli .Painting of Dante's Inferno. The 2nd largest Franciscan church in the world.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Anyone who was anyone in Florence is buried here - provided they're also men. No famous women here, despite the number of famous women in the Medici family. That aside, it's full of amazing memorials and tombs, has a beautiful garden, and a small museum which details the restoration of the church after flooding in the mid 1900s. There is... More

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My art historian friends would die if they heard me Yes, thats pretty much how I look at it. You've got a statue that looks like it was the inspiration for the Statue of Liberty. Michelangelo's and Gallileo's tombs… just to name a few. Ok, so Dante's bones aren't really buried there. It's quite wonderful. I am in love with... More

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Cascais, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Due to the entrance price I've just visited the square and took a picture to the beautiful church. If you have the Firenze Card it pays off to enter there

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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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