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Santa Maria Novella Florence

The gothic church at Santa Maria Novella in Firenze

Santa Maria Novella Florence

The Santa Maria Novella is a Gothic church with beautiful stained glass in Piazza Santa Maria Novella opposite the Florence train station.

Info Santa Maria Novella

Location Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 18
Tickets

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Hours
  • Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday closed (part of the year)
Dress code Wear appropriate clothing in the church, including covered knees and no bare shoulders, sandals, or headgear.
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The church inspired by Dante

The Santa Maria Novella was built between 1279 and 1357 by Dominican monks. It is a Gothic church in Piazza Santa Maria Novella opposite the train station of Florence. The church is best known for the beautiful stained glass windows in the Tornabuoni chapel.

The facade of the Santa Maria Novella

The most remarkable thing about the facade of the Santa Maria Novella is that you won't find the name of the church, but the name from the financier: Giovanni Rucellai. The lower part of the church is Romanesque and was fitted by Alberti in an otherwise classical facade in 1456-1470.

The interior

The interior is predominantly Gothic, but contains a number of beautiful frescoes. The most famous fresco is by Masaccio, who painted Trinity for this church. The Green Cloister, so named because Uccello's frescoes have a green base, and the Chapel of the Spaniards, used by Spanish courtiers of Eleonora of Toledo, are worth a visit because of Uccello's perspective paintings. The pillars of the nave are even closer together at the altar, so that the church appears longer than it is.

Santa Maria Novella FlorenceThe Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella FirenzeThe beautiful altar and stained glass

Capella Strozzi

Filippino Lippi was commissioned in 1487 by Filippo Strozzi to decorate the Strozzi family chapel in Santa Maria Novella. The subject of the paintings became the life of Saint Philip and John the Evangelist. The work was not completed until 1503, so the client did not experience this anymore. There are also frescoes inspired by Dante's La Divina Commedia.

Famous works of art in the churchk

In addition to the famous Strozzi chapel, the church is also decorated with works by famous artists. Botticelli made a painting that belongs to his early work, namely the Adoration of the Magi. Brunelleschi made The Crucifix in 1410-1425. Ghiberti designed Leonardo Da Vinci's tombstone in 1423. The stained-glass windows are by Andre Bonaiuto. Finally, Vasari made a painting, the Madonna of the Rosary.


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