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Basilica di Santo Spirito
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: While it may not look like much from the outside, the elaborate interior of Brunelleschi's landmark church proves that it is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Great works in a Brunelleschian space and very early Michelangelo work (crucifix, which you may have to ask to see). Who could ask for more?

Thank Jessika C
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Free to get in but a super place to visit, really special and well worth a visit. The times are limited for entry and no photos are allowed. Also ladies must cover up. But the interior is beautiful.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Brunelleschi designed this church, leaving no room for frescoes, so that his emphasis on the architecture would stand out. Of course there have been some changes and additions over the centuries (the later Baroque alter piece, for instance). But the facade remains plane as does much of the church, and this sets it apart from the other churches you'll visit in Florence.
Brunelleschi's proportions are based upon the "box" that is created when the nave crosses the transepts. The arches, floor, and aisles are placed upon this pattern in the lengths of "1 box," "2 boxes," or "1/2 box." The symmetry he achieves is very visually appealing and comforting, ideal for a church interior.
The treasure within the church is a crucifix attributed to Michelangelo. When he was 17 he donated it to the church, in thanks for allowing him to dissect human cadavers. Unfortunately, whether or not you get to see this crucifix is up to the whims of the attendant. In our case it was roped off; we had read that if you ask for entry you will be allowed in, but this was not the case. Instead we were simply told it was closed and to "come back Sunday maybe you'll be able to see it."
Thus my "average" rating. It is a very long walk to the Church of Santo Spirito and if you take the trouble to visit, be aware that you may only be viewing (impressive) architecture but no Michelangelo.

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Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

Visited lots of churches during a couple of days in Florence, this was by far my favorite. Worryingly many churches in Florence now seem to charge for entry, this one did not. The artworks inside were beautiful, not only the canvases but also the painted wooden altars in each of the small chapels. Beautiful.

Thank nigelh47
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Dont let the plain facade deter you. When our tour giude stopped here and said we were going inside, my first thought is that there must be more beautiful churches to see in Florence. The inside was so beautiful and peaceful, as a church should be and without all the crowds. The best part was seeing the wooden crucifix by Michelangelo when he was 18. We wouldn't have known this without the tour guide. Several people just walked right past it not knowing what it was.

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