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“Off the beaten path, but worth the walk” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Church of Santa Maria Novella

Church of Santa Maria Novella
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Private Tour: Fashion and Perfumes Tour in Florence
Ranked #27 of 425 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: 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..
Montgomery, Alabama
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“Off the beaten path, but worth the walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

This church takes a little effort to get to, but the architecture and frescoes are stunning and well worth your time. One of my favorites. Don't miss it.

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“My Favorite Florentine Church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

I adore most Florentine churches for one reason or another but I have an especial affinity for Santa Maria Novella. From the beautiful facade to the cool green cloisters to the inspirational interior, this structure connects me to the days of the development of the renaissance.
One of the first paintings to use perspective astonished those who saw it in 1490! This is Massaccio's Trinita, a very humanizing depiction of God. Beneath it is a fresco of a skeleton whose Latin caption loosely translates: Where you are, I once was. Where I am, you will be. it gives me chills to see it and I resolve anew to lead a useful life!
The famous wooden painted crucifix hangs, the marble altar beckons, the chapel with the fresco cycle of St John the Baptist delights. The richness of the collections, the brilliance of the colors, the stained glass, the marble fount with the Della Robbia ceramic surround, the nearly life sized gilded angels in the room that serves as a book and postcard shop... antique gold embroidered vestments, it all dazzles!

Visited November 2012
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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“Best frescoes in Florence?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Worth spending a lot of time to study the stories told by the frescoes in this wonderful church and its cloisters. The biblical scenes are set in "modern dress" (for the medieval period) yet are painted in such a way that the facial expressions are as relevant to today as to 500+ years ago.

Visited November 2012
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“Unvelievable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

The architecture was phenomenal. The hand painted structures were breathtaking. Marble floors with real gold in the walls and covering statues

Wonderful to be able to tour the church even during traditional mass. Excellent sounds and painted ceilings.

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Annapolis, MD
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“Beautiful church, worth a visit and low the entrance fee.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

I really don't like the idea of paying to enter a church. This very pretty church has a low entrance fee and is free to seniors, so I think it is worth it, especially since the murals are so lovely and unique. Unique in that they are a wonder of perspective, the people seem as though they could jump right off the wall and walk out the door.

I wish we had been able to photograph the inside but it is strictly forbidden, even without a flash.

Visited October 2012
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