Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence

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The resting place of the Renaissance famous - Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli - full of history and breathtaking frescoes. The sculptures on the tombs are stunning.

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A peaceful haven to view some of the most incredible ancient frescoes not just in Italy but in the entire world. The resting place for some of the most creative and talented Italian's in history. Don't leave without viewing Liberty of Poetry Statue.
Arrive early to avoid crowds or visit out of season.
The basilica is open from 09.30 - 17.30 daily but not holidays.
Older children with an interest in art history will enjoy the experience.

The resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and more

The Basilica of Santa Croce or the Basilica of the Holy Cross is classified as a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church in Florence. It is the resting place of famous Italians creatives such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli. There is also memorial to Dante, he was exiled from Florence so he is not buried here.

Frescoes and sculptures

The sixteen chapels are decorated with incredible frescoes by Giotto and his pupils. The floor plan is a Tau or Egyptian cross which shows a nave and two aisles separated by lines of the octagonal columns.

The tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are decorated with impressive sculptures which must be seen to be believed. The Annunciation, in gilded limestone by Donatello is also here on the south nave's wall. There is also a memorial to Giovanni Battista Niccolini, a playwright from the 1800s, which is said to have been the inspiration for the Statue of Liberty.

Key Highlights

A Basilica which is both beautiful and with a rich history, the 14th century decoration, frescoes and stained glass windows are well-preserved and breathtaking.

The nave of The Basilica of Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world which houses tombs of some of the most famous talented Italians who ever lived. Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli are buried here, amongst others.

Map : Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence

Other Florence Top 10 Attractions Near Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
AttractionDistance
Uffizi Gallery0.6 Km
Piazzale Michelangelo0.7 Km
Giotto's Bell Tower0.7 Km
Duomo - Florence Cathedral0.7 Km
Ponte Vecchio0.7 Km
Accademia Gallery1 Km
Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte1 Km
Pitti Palace1.1 Km
Mercato Centrale1.2 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

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