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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..
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2014

One of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany, this convent was built by Dominican friars and is architecturally impressive.
Also impressive inside the coloring of the central arches, as well as the inumerous great works of art

Visited June 2013
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“Favorite Church, No Question”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Even though the outside is unassuming, it's totally worth the 5 Euro admission. It's a very beautiful place in the simplest of ways. There are tons of beautiful frescos and paintings,and there's even a really neat mini museum on display with some relics. The courtyards, too, are very pretty and extremely nice. You just have to experience it, especially if you're a history lover.

Visited February 2014
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Laguna Niguel, California
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“Great art inside”
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

This church is very near the train station and makes a great first stop for anyone arriving by train. Perhaps most famous for "The Holy Trinity" by Masaccio, which is in the left aisle, I was most struck by the murals in The Spanish Chapel, which is located on the north side of the green Cloister just outside the main church. These are some of the most beautiful and best preserved in all of Firenze. Don't miss them!

Visited July 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We visited on Sunday, June 30, 2013. I ended up sitting this one out because I was exhausted by this time in our day, but my husband enjoyed it. There are some great artworks displayed and the history behind this church is interesting. We purchased the Firenze card, which included admission to the church. This church is near the train station, we didn't realize that when we were making our plans but it might be an easy stop to/from the train station.

Visited June 2013
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Tel Aviv
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“"No one expects the Florentine(!) inquisition!"”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

This Dominican church is not on fascinating thanks to its artwork (the famous Masaccio "Trinity", the Nardo di Cione depiction of Dante's Inferno, and the Cappella Strozzi), but it is also an important historical site. It was here that the Latin (Catholic) church tried to unite again with the Greek orthodox church (and end the Great Schism) in the Council of Florence (1431), and it was here that St. Catharine of Siena was brought before an inquisitorial court to prove she was not a heretic (Santa Maria Novella was also seat of the local inquisition). The inquisitorial court was held in the Cappellone degli Spagnoli, to see it go to the inner court the entrance is from there, it is an amazing space full of frescoes depicting Thomas Aquinas, the sciences and the roles of the Dominican order.

Visited February 2014
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