Church of Santa Maria Novella

Church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Church of Santa Maria Novella
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
About
Dominican monastery that serves as a distinguished monument to the religious and artistic history of Florence, which features valuable examples of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries..
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Florence Historic Center
How to get there
  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 8 min walk
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ianwebb75
London, UK924 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This church ranks right up there with the best I’ve seen in Europe. Beautiful and huge. It feels like it is never ending and each new room brings another little chapel. Just stunning. Give yourself a couple of hours to do it justice.
Written December 28, 2021
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andezz99
Dallas, TX295 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
The façade of Santa Maria Novella, completed by Leon Battista Alberti in 1470. The Novella is right outside our hotel facing a large plaza. there are many frescos, paintings and sculptures here. The Novella was financed by many imprortant residents of Florence and ensured them a burial in the church, the more affluent the donor the better the positioning.

The entrance fee is 7.50 euros and worth it. A self guided tour can be soon in about an hour. You will need your green pass or Covid-19 vaccination card to enter.
Written October 1, 2021
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KDJERO
Saint Charles, MO592 contributions
Jul 2021
We started our city tour here and I thought this church was impressive. Turns out its one of the smaller ones in Florence but still nice.
Written August 10, 2021
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pldj m
161 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
It is the first great basilica in Florence. And is the Dominican church. The church painting lies green and white marble. Need to see the Great Cloister, very long, painted by more than 15 different painters.
Written October 25, 2020
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Gerald R
Newquay, UK45 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Appreciate that Covid-19 has complicated everybody's lives but if we took the time and trouble to travel to Florence and to visit the Basilica of MSN, we thought that they could at least have taken the time and trouble to: (1) publish accurate information about opening times; (2) actually open on the days that they are supposed to. Very poor. Created bad impression of Florence.
Written September 13, 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is one of Florence most beautiful catholic churches. It stands out so beautifully because of its intricate design. It is located in one of the small parks downtown and is not free to enter.. how unreal to have to pay to enter a church. It is more like a museum because of it beautiful iinterior.
Please do not miss visiting.
Written June 15, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,583 contributions
Jan 2020
In addition to the many magnificent works in this city, this church stands out for its beauty and significance. Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. Impressed us the wealth of works of art that adorn the church. The church, the adjoining cloister, and chapter house contain a multiplicity of art treasures and funerary monuments. Especially famous are frescoes by masters of Gothic and early Renaissance. They were financed by the most important Florentine families, who ensured themselves funerary chapels on consecrated ground. It is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city's principal Dominican church. The basilica and adjoining cloister were built by the Dominican Order in the 13th century, starting with the small Church of Santa Maria delle Vigne, called this because of the countryside which surrounded it at the time. The church was designed by two Dominican friars, Fra Sisto Fiorentino and Fra Ristoro da Campi. The lower part of the marble facade, which is Romanesque in style, is believed to have been executed by a Dominican architect, Fra Iacopo Talenti da Nipozzano, while the upper part was completed only 100 years later in 1470 by Leon Battista Alberti. He was already famous as the architect of the Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini. The interesting thing is that the facade is not only the oldest of all the churches in Florence but it is also the only church with its original, planned facade still in place today. Inside, the church is vast and looks even longer than it is thanks to the clever coloring of the central arches. The layout is supposed to be work of Brunelleschi, the same architect of the Duomo's cupola. The inside of the church, the first example of Gothic architecture in Florence, is a treasure trove of artwork. Starting with Masaccio’s 1424 Holy Trinity, the fresco in which he experimented with perspective for the first time, thus becoming the pinnacle of Renaissance art, followed by, at the end of the nave, Giotto’s great Crucifix from 1290 stands at a striking height of 4.5 metres and is one of the spectacular pieces from the artist’s earlier works. In the Strozzi Chapel, there are Filippino Lippi’s frescoes which depict the life of Saint John the Evangelist, while the Tornabuoni Chapel is decorated with a fresco depicting moments from the life of the Virgin Mary and Saint John by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Also noteworthy are a nativity scene, painted by Sandro Botticelli near the start of his career, and Filippo Brunelleschi’s Crucifix in the Gondi Chapel, the only of his sculptures to be made of wood.
Written April 15, 2020
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tmmsshep
St. Augustine, FL146 contributions
Oct 2019
My wife loves to visit churches an has to light a candle in every church that she goes in. We paid our admission 10 Euros each. It was well worth the money. The outside of the church is beautiful, but the inside is spectacular. Well worth a visit.
Written March 23, 2020
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,056 contributions
Mar 2020
the first bascilica in Florence, the grand facade is spectacular. Opposite the Utica tram (line T2), the space will dazzle you.
Written March 15, 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
There are two obelisks in front of the church. The facade of the church is magnificent. Inside the church, look out for the painting Trinity, the Crucifix that hangs in the center of the central nave, the Strozzi chapel dedicated to St John the Evangelist, the Tornabuoni Chapel dedicated to both the Virgin Mary and St John the Baptist, the Gondi Chapel which contains a wooden Crucifix..
Written March 8, 2020
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Church of Santa Maria Novella is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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