Florence Places of Worship & Religious Sites
It took 170 years to complete Florence's Duomo, the outer facade of which is a festive jumble of white, green and pink marble so stunning it stops newcomers in their tracks. Its dome, once the largest in the world, was the model for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
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Santa Maria Novella Basilica
After becoming the charge of Dominican monks in 1221, this church underwent grand transformations. It took more than 150 years to complete the black-and-white marble facade.
Basilica of Santa Croce
One of the largest churches in Florence, the Basilica of Santa Croce was originally designed by Arnolfo diCambio in 1294, but wasn't actually consecrated until 1443. The three-gabled facade dates back to the 19th century, as does the campanile, both in gothic style.
Built in 1337, each of the 14 guilds in Florence was assigned the task of filling an external niche on this Gothic church. The wealthier guilds used bronze, the others used stone for their representations.
Santa Maria della Carmine
In this church, 15th century frescoes depicting the life of St. Peter by the young artist Masaccio have been slowly and lovingly restored following a 1771 fire.
Santa Croce Basilica
The tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo are ensconsed in the Santa Croce Basilica. Although the first stone was laid in 1294, the facade of this Gothic church was not completed until 1857-63
Santo Spirito Basilica
Don't be fooled by the modest facade of the Santo Spirito. Inside are tall columns, Renaissance paintings and an ornate baroque altar worth seeing.
Church of San Lorenzo
The tombs of Florence's powerful Medici family line the wall of the Chuch of San Lorenzo. Brunelleschi designed the interior for this 15th century building, which was the parish church of the Medici's, who lavished attention on the interior with artwork and decorations. The facade remains unfinished.