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“Little Gem”

Basilica di Santa Trinita
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A 14th century church is best known for its collection of frescoes by famous artists such as Ghirlandaio, Aretino and Monaco..
Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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“Little Gem”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is a beautiful small church located in Piazza Santa Trinita. Definitely a hidden gem, worth a 20 minute look around. Free admission and is open till atleast 5:30pm (that is when I went). Also, a safe haven from the heat if you are visiting in the summer. Beautiful stained glass windows!

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Kelly D
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Perth, Australia
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

A little off the main tourist track, but not really hidden. A beautiful old church dating back to the 11th century with some amazing frescos. Much as we tend to do today, the wise men of later times wanted to get rid of them, so what you see are largely remnants, although there are some largish examples.

Really worth seeing

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Colin S
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Florence, Italy
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“The world outside this ancient church had men working on the road even in 1490's”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Many people miss this Church because of the opulence of the other buildings around it - there is no marble on the facade but stop and look and the wonderful wooden doors - inside if you keep to the right you come up to a Chapel dedicated to the family Sassetti with portraits of the donors Francesco Sassetti and his wife Nera Corsi either side of the altar ( as ar their tombs!) - the Nativity in the centre is often reproduced for Christmas cards so it might seem like an old friend - it was painted in oils in 1485 by Domenico Ghirlandaio, who has portrayed himself as a shepherd looking out of the picture with his head slightly to the right - Ghirlandaio also painted the fresco's of St Francis of Assisi that decorate the rest of the Chapel - we see him receiving his stigmata on the left side and dead with grieving monks on the left - but the interest lies straight ahead where we see the Piazza della Signoria and St Francis receiving the "Rule of the Order from Pope Honorus" - Lorenzo the Magnificent is there , accompanied by Sassetti and his son, and emerging from the stairwell in front of them is the Humanist poet and teacher of Lorenzo children Angelo Poliziano and Lorenzo's children - the eldest Piero, known to posterity as the "unfortunate", the second Giovanni , who became the first Medici Pope Leo X, and Giuliano. Above them is St Francis emerging from the clouds bringing a small boy back to life ( look closely behind and you see the child falling from the window) and the facade of the church of Santa Trinita and next to it - just as there has been for the last six months on Via Tornabuoni - there is a man working on the roads .........some things never change!

Visited October 2012
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“nice surprise”
Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

situated near the river we decided to enter this church. easy to miss as its not advertised for. entrance is free but that doesnt make it less good. the church is filled with impressive art which even a non-christian can enjoy. nice little surprise and recommended if you have some time to spare or need a place to sit and relax

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Reading, PA
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“Incredible artworks”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This church is a true gem. There is no admission fee charged and the art contained within it is incredible. It is open 8 am - noon and 4 pm - 6 pm.

If you are in the area, be sure to stop by.

Visited October 2012
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