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Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

The San Miniato church located on a hill in Florence Italy

Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Near the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, there is a small Romanesque church on the hill: the Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

Info Basilica San Miniato al Monte Florence

Location The church of San Miniato al Monte is located on 'Via delle Porte Sante 34', a few minutes walk from Piazzale Michelangelo. In the article of Piazzale Michelangelo you can read how to reach this viewpoint as it is some distance from the center of Florence Italy.
Admission Free
Hours
  • Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 8:15 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Website Offcial website

The church on the hill at Piazzale Michelangelo

Close to Piazzale Michelangelo, there is a small Romanesque church on the hill: the Basilica San Miniato al Monte. The church was built as early as 1015 on top of the tomb of Saint Minias, a martyr of Christianity, who was beheaded by Emperor Decius in the third century. The facade of the church can be seen all over Florence, but few take the time to visit the San Miniato al Monte while it is certainly worthwhile.

Basilica di San Miniatio al MonteSan Miniato 'al Monte', or on top of the mountain
Basilica of San Miniatio al Monte FlorenceBeautiful details in the roof of the church

The facade of San Miniato al Monte

The facade of Basilica di San Miniato al Monte dates back to 1090 and is made in a Romanesque style, in which green, white and black marble alternate in a geometric pattern. However, too little money was available to manufacture the entire façade in this way, so only the bottom, simplest part was made that way. The rest was not completed until the twelfth century, untill the guild of wool importers provided the necessary funds. As a result you will find the symbol of the guild above the pediment. A restored mosaic was added under the pediment.

Basilica FlorenceThe altar of the basilica
San Miniato al MonteCrypt of San Miniato al Monte

The interior of the basilica

The decoration of the interior was also done by the guild's finances. In the apse you will find a mosaic in Byzantine style and the floor of the nave shows a marble mosaic work portraying signs and animals of the zodiac. You will also see mosaics in the choir and the pulpit. In the north wall you will find the tomb of Cardinal Iacopo di Lusitania, who was a member of the Portuguese royal family. In the crypt you will find an altar on which relics of Saint Minias can be found.


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