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“Lovely!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
+39-055-246-6105
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Ranked #11 of 219 attractions in Florence
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museums
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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 Renaissance tombs.
Matosinhos, Portugal
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“Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Most part of the churches you can visit without paying by entering through the prayers zone.
Though I really recommend getting into this one "for real", because it's really beautiful. It's not very worked up, it's very ample and simple and it has some funerary monuments (also in an underground corridor, but it's very beautiful).
The back yard is also very beautiful (make sure to go there on a sunny day), and you also have access to a museum (nothing of amazing) and to a chapel.
I recommend it strongly!

Visited February 2013
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“Visit Michelangelo in person”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Santa Croce housed, among others, Michelangelo's tomb. On the exterior, Santa Croce is beautiful but not as beautiful as the Florence Duomo. Interior, however is more interesting. Entrance is not free. Rent the self guide tour device for a more informative visit. If time permits, It is a site worth visiting

Visited June 2012
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“Amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

The basilica was amazing. My parents and I went there on a trip to Italy seven years ago and it was just amazing to see the resisting places of Michelangelo and Galileo even though it was under renovation. A must see.

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“Under maintenance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

It is a great place to visit, ticket for 6 Euros. And it includes the tombs of famous Michelanglo, Galilio, Dante... etc.
Yet, the time we went in February, the church is under maintenance, and most of the paintings are covered with construction metals :( That was disappointing! Maybe the are preparing it for the high-tourism season of the summer.

Visited February 2013
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“Magical, Mysterious, Mystifying”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Santa Croce is a venerable old church that dates to the thirteenth century. It served as the main church for the Franciscans whose abbey is adjacent. The church is the resting place for many prominent Florentines including Michelangelo, Dante, Nicholo Machiavelli, Giacomo Rossini, and, lest we forget, Galileo. Under foot are tombs of warriors and princes, knights and their fair ladies. The place retains an aura of mystery and magic and hushed silence. Afternoon is a wonderful time to see this church bathed in golden light.

At the end of the nave in the area around the altar, frescoes by Giotto are currently being restored and are obscured by scaffolding, but hard-hat tours are available for those who want a close-up view. The Capella Baroncelli with its Taddeo Gaddi frescoes lies a few steps up in the right transept and is, in a word, splendid. Gaddi was a pupil of Giotto's and shares the same sense of drama in his paintings. His experimentation with perspective in his frescoes like the Presentation of the Virgin and other architectural details are standouts. And the night scene Adoration of the Shepherds is perhaps the first night view in Western Art.

Beyond this point are the cloister and gardens, the Orangery, the Baptistery, and the Museum. Your combination ticket gives you entrance to all of these. The museum has rich holdings, among them the Last Supper by Taddeo Gaddi. And, sadly, the remains of the legendary Cimabue crucifix that hung over the main altar until the flood of 1966 can be seen here. Not much remains of this masterpiece, but one can remember its glory when confronted by what's left.

In all, plan to spend a couple of hours here. The church, tombs, chapels, and museum merit the time. Pay homage to this landmark and enjoy.

Visited November 2012
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