Basilica della Santissima Annunziata - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala

Basilica della Santissima Annunziata - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala, Florence

Basilica della Santissima Annunziata - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala

Basilica della Santissima Annunziata - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala
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Bill B
Pueblo, CO1,111 contributions
Jan 2020
The exterior of the Basilica is Renaissance in style and truly magnificant. It blends into the Ospedale near by in the Piazza. The church's chapels contain works by Giambologna, Perugino, del Sarto, Pontormo and others. Well worth a visit when you are in Florence as is the Piazza.
Written January 21, 2020
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Steve C
Annapolis, MD656 contributions
May 2019
The Santisima Church was one of the favorite churches of the Medicis, Europe’s richest banking family, and the front of the church features the Medici family crest — six balls — five red ones for the five brothers and one blue ball with a French fleur-de-lis (stylized Lilly) inside the ball. Like so much in Italy, the crest has a very interesting back story. The Medicis lent money to the French King Louis XI, the Spider King, to fight the English, in 1475, and when the French lost and couldn’t repay the loan, the Medicis were given permission to use the royal fleur-de-lis symbol of France on their family crest. The Medicis, who were essentially the owners of Firenze, also used it as the city crest. It would be like a rich sponsor obtaining the right to use the Baltimore Ravens football team logo wherever they liked.
Written January 10, 2020
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,292 contributions
Nov 2019
The exterior of the Church is spectacularly Renaissance in style, in keeping with the exterior of the Ospedale near by in the Piazza. The church's chapels contain works by Giambologna, Perugino, del Sarto, Pontormo and others. Well worth a visit when you are in the Piazza.
Written December 12, 2019
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HuskerTraveler2
Lincoln, NE1,061 contributions
Sep 2019
Fabulously ornate baroque worship center. Beautiful dome and golden ornate ceiling. Definitely worth visiting.
Written November 8, 2019
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Nigel B
Wakefield, UK923 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
In Florence where everything costs and you need to queue this is an exception so is worth visiting. Situated in a nice square with a good statue and two interesting fountains.
Written October 28, 2019
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Don W
Hamilton, MT158 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We wondered around north of the Accedemia and happened on the Basilica. The church is from the fifteenth century and is relatively plain on the outside, but the inside is gorgeous with frescos, paintings, and gold leaf adorned plaster work.
Written October 12, 2019
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Tamer H
Bolu, Turkey259 contributions
Dec 2018
From architectural view the building is not exceptional. However the rich decoration, statues, ornaments and paintings make this worship place a marvel of the city. If you intend to visit the "Ospedale degli Innocenti" (you should visit it), you can catch a glimpse of the SS Annunziata; it is located opposite of the square.
Written September 25, 2019
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L.K.
8 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
I hadn't really seen this church on any lists of sights you must see when visiting Florence, but we happened to stumble upon it while making our way towards the Duomo one day and I'm very happy we did. The church is absolutely beautiful with rich decor and out of all the churches we went to see, this one impressed me the most. There weren't many people inside when we went, which I find surprising, as you don't even have to pay to go inside.
Written August 29, 2019
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agac
Ontario, Canada375 contributions
Aug 2019
The interior of this church is stunning and very different from other churches in the florence. Was there in middle of summer, and noone was in it. Would recomend a visit
Written August 24, 2019
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Chas M
Pittsburgh, PA428 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We saw this yesterday as a family. It is an interesting church that is a short walk north from Il Duomo. The inside of the church is fairly cool so it makes a nice stop to get out of the heat. It also has some fairly beautiful artwork. I would not say this is a must see spot but with its placement it is a nice place to stop in between other places.
Written August 21, 2019
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