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Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine

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Address: Piazza del Carmine 14 | Oltrarno, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 00390552382195
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Description: 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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Excellent frescoes; excellent presentation

Viewing these frescoes was a highlight of our visit to Florence. The film explaining their origin added a lot to our understanding of the art and the history of the chapel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Viewing these frescoes was a highlight of our visit to Florence. The film explaining their origin added a lot to our understanding of the art and the history of the chapel itself. After viewing the frescoes, we went back outside to enter the church. Entrance to the church was free. The Brancacci Chapel is visible from inside the church, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This beautiful chapel is a must-visit for artlovers. The whole chapel is decorated with frescoes of renaissance painters like Masaccio. His famous Adam&Eve scene can be admired here. The colours of the frescoes are still very vivid, what makes it even more worth a visit. And above all, it's away from the busy tourist attractions. When I was in the... More 

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Chapel is quite small and that's perfect... the number of visitors are very limited (about 20 people to a group) so that means you can really enjoy the fresco series. There's no jostling, as you have to expect at the Vatican or the Uffizi or even the Accademia. You can spend as much time as you like but make... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Touring the Brancacci chapel's famous frescoes was very interesting. First the church provides an introductory video, explaining the culture of Florence at the time as well as the different artists' styles. After the video, we had much more appreciation for the frescoes. The artwork is very well preserved, and the chapel itself is a contemplative space that was very relaxing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This cathedral was a beautiful and last-minute addition to our itinerary. We passed it and decided to enter; we are SO GLAD we did! There weren't any crowds when we visited. The art was glorious and the atmosphere was serene. We loved it and recommend it highly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This Chapel tells a great story with everything from Adam and Eve and the life of St. Peter. Many of the frescos have more than one story imbedded within them and it's well worth spending a few euros and having your own interactive iPad that allows you to appreciate the fresco and discover the meaning of all each separate part.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I deliberately separated from my shopper friends and came here to see the frescoes. Get on Khan Academy and watch the art historians discuss this chapel,and it will make your visit as rich as the Medicis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If ever you're in Florence for a vacation or trip, the Santa Maria del Carmine Church is a must to visit. Its one of the best churches here in Florence. You will appreciate its beauty once you're inside of the Church. Its Well maintained every angle of the church even the frescoes. Its very near to the city center and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a must for anyone interested in early Italian Renaissance art. These frescos were a major topic of our study in rensaaissance art as a student in 1978 and really demonstrate that key period of transition. Worth reading a bit in preparation to really appreciate what one is seeing. This chapel can be a quiet oasis apart from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I visited this chapel with my philosophy class to appreciate the paintings in the chapel. Quaint and beautiful place, and the outside will deceive you about how awesome it is inside.

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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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