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Church of Santa Maria Novella


Santa Maria Novella competes with the Franciscan church of Santa Croce and with the other churches of the Mendicant Orders in Florence. Behind the elegant facade build in the 15th century by Leon Battista Alberti, a famous Renaissance architect, lies the Gothic church of Florentine Blackfriars.  Between the most ancient works of art contained in Santa Maria Novella the Crucifix painted by Giotto stands out. Masaccio’s fresco of the Trinty and the wooden Crucifix by Filippo Brunelleschi are just two of the many Renaissance masterpieces visible inside the church. In the Tornabuoni Chapel the Lives of the Virgin and of St. John the Baptiste frescoed by Domenico del Ghirlandaio depict the streets of Florence how they appeared in the 15 th century and some portraits of illustrious families of the time. The related Museum of Santa Maria Novella include the Green Cloister with the fresco cycle by Paolo Uccello, the Spanish Chapel and the Refectory.
Guided visit: 1h30-2h