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“Get a "wow" moment when you step inside”

Church of Santa Maria Novella
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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..
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“Get a "wow" moment when you step inside”
Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Of all the churches we've seen during our visit to Florence I think the inside of this one was the most beautiful and inspiring. No flash photography, but there is more than enough light to take good photos, glad we are in the digital age since I would have gone through four rolls of old school film.

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“Masaccio's Trinity, in good company”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Masaccio's fresco of the Trinity, the first Renaissance painting to utilize mathematically correct single-point perspective, would be worth the price of admission alone. But there are other fantastic works of art here as well. Particularly noteworthy - Giotto's crucifix; Ghirlandaio's Tornabuoni Chapel, right behind the main altar, with its beautiful evocations of Renaissance Florentine interiors in its holy scenes; and Filippino Lippi's more exotic Stozzi Chapel right next to it.

Visited July 2012
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Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia
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“Oldest church in Florence”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I think I was told this was the oldest church (sorry if this is not true!), although it has had many changes made over time. I thought this was a beautiful church, inside and out. I loved the square that it faced and the amazing artwork inside. If you only see one or two churches out this on your list.

Visited December 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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“Spectacular Renaissance art”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This basilica contains some of the greatest Gothic and Renaissance art in the world. A painting that is one of the first Renaissance works of art, Masaccio's Trinity, greets you as you enter. Filippino Lippi, Orcagna, Nardo di Cione and Ghirlandaio have decorated various chapels with breathtaking frescoes. A crucifix by Giotto hangs in the nave. There is a Brunelleschi crucifix in one of the chapels. The artists with works in this church are a veritable who's who of great Italian artists. What I particularly love about this basilica is that the art is displayed in situ, as it was originally meant to be seen, not in a sterile museum.

Visited February 2012
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Setubal, Portugal
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“clean and simple”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

wide areas, inside and on the courtyard. Who would have guessed such a magestic place just in front of the train station!!

Visited September 2012
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