The beautiful Basilica di Santa Croce (or Basilica of the Holy Cross) holds pride of place in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy, in the eastern part of the city centre, north of the River Arno.
It was started in 1294, and contains must-see 14th century frescoes by Giotto and Gaddi (his later pupil). It is also famed for containing tombs and monuments, of such names as MICHAELANGELO (on the right as you enter: 1570), GALILEO (on the left), BRUNI (the large tomb at the end on the right), and MACHIAVELLI (mid-way down on the right).
Whilst in the pituresque cloister alongside the church, stands the Cappella de’ Pazzi (a Renaissance masterpiece by Brunelleschi).
It’s facade is made from the same stunning multi-colour marble that was used on the Duomo. The facade is a modern one (1863) and so is the bell-tower (1865) built in gothic style.
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