The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica of Santa Croce holds the tombs of such luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini. The city's principal and the world's largest Franciscan church, the building was completed in 1385. The site's most notable features are its 16 chapels, many decorated with frescoes painted by Giotto and his pupils. The building's design reflects the austere approach favored by the Franciscans, with the floor plan following the figure of the Tau cross (the shape of the letter T), which was the symbol of St. Francis. The church's main cloister houses a simple, unadorned chapel designed by architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Choose from several guided tour options; advance reservations are required. General admission tickets can be purchased at the onsite ticket office, by phone, or online. Basilica of Santa Croce is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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Basilica of Santa Croce Reviews
The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence was quite the special attraction. It was definitely not just a magnificent, enormous church but in reality a fantastic museum filled with unforgettable... more »
This Basilica is not only beautiful but holds great history. It is revealed that a splinter from the cross was part of this church and the mainly famous italian people are buried here. To enter the..... more »
This is a great church to visit not because of the beautiful cathedral. The church is very typical in Italy. What make this church famous is the most famous people in Florence bury here. It is know as temple glory with many glorious people in one place.The know people in the world who are bury there including great artist Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci
Santa Croce is so stunning from the square. It's unique 5 point star on the facade is breathtaking. Definitely a stop on any itinerary. One of the points of interest for is that there are famous Italians buried here (kind of like Westminister Abbey) so be sure to see if someone you admire is laid to rest here. Also before entering check to see if any exhibits are closed as was the case during our visit.
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