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Brancacci Chapel

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Address: Piazza del Carmine | Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, 50124, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 00390552382195
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The church and convent of the Carmine in Florence were founded shortly...

The church and convent of the Carmine in Florence were founded shortly after the middle of the thirteenth century, by a group of Carmelite monks from Pisa. In the church we find the Brancacci Chapel, a masterpiece known around the world for its frescoes of the Life of Saint Peter by Masaccio and Masolino. Created between 1425-1427, the frescoes were left incomplete and finished by Filippino Lippi between 1481 and 1482

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Brancacci Chapel

The foundation of the church dedicated to Our Lady of Carmel dates from 1268, but its construction was protracted until the end of the 15th century. Little remains of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The foundation of the church dedicated to Our Lady of Carmel dates from 1268, but its construction was protracted until the end of the 15th century. Little remains of the mediaeval building, not only because of the extensive 16th-century alterations but also because of a disastrous fire which gutted the church in 1771. What we see today is in large... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The chapel is a bit out of the way but if you must see the famous mural on the chapel walls, like my husband, it is a must see. Amazing that the colours are still so bright given it was a few 100 years old!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Brancacci Chapel is a must for all Art Lovers. Masaccio is incredible and the contrast between Masaccio, Masolino and Filippino Lippi is impressive. I had visited this Chapel circa 12 years ago and before the visit I was shown a very good Audio Visual which unfortunately is not available anymore. It was very good and helped... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Brancacci Chapel has a lot of great art! I used Rick Steves' pocket guide book and read about each painting. It was a great learning experience and it was cheap to get in with my student discount! Only 4,50 euro!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were first in the queue at 09:30. Get a guide to the frescoes to understand the stories they are telling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pity Messaggio did not live longer. The chapel is breathtaking. A nice way to pass a couple of hours in the Oltrarno.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really liked this chapel. The ceiling was the thing I remember most. I thought it was just very bright and beautiful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The frescos by Massacio are why you visit, but that is all the tourist is allowed to visit in the church, which is a bit of a shame. It's on the othe side of the river, fewer tourists come this far. Plan to see Santo Spirito in the morning (before noon) then come here afterward.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Do visit these beautiful frescos - important in the history of the Renaissance, of breathtaking beauty.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We went on a rainy day in November. There was a tour of about 20-25 people in front of us; they dominated the little chapel for about 45 min. We had nothing else planned until lunch, but if you get behind a tour, be prepared to wait. The chapel itself is quite small, but stunning in its art and history.

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A warm evening with a cocktail in your hand and great company is the ideal way to experience Piazza Santo Spirito; the area is busiest at sunset for happy hour. Visitors cannot hide their astonishment sitting on the staircase under the Basilica of Santo Spirito, and they cannot help but stare at the architectural masterpieces like Bianca Cappello House, Fontana dello Sprone and San Frediano in Cestello and Santa Maria delle Carmine churches. Tourists and Florentines alike join up in the area between Santo Spirito and San Frediano, connecting the Tuscan soul to the international spirit permeating the city.
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